Sky watchers across the USA and Europe are reporting unusually colorful sunsets and sunrises. The cause appears to be the August 7th eruption of the Kasatochi volcano in Alaska. The volcano hurled a massive cloud of ash and sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere; high winds have since carried the aerosols over parts of the USA and Europe, producing widespread "volcanic sunsets."
"Last night, we had another beautiful sunset here in Nebraska," reports Jerry Chab of Falls City. "Long colorful sunrays appeared and disappeared, reminding me of the Northern Lights."
That's very similar to what I observed just over a week ago. Again the picture I took.
Additionally, I've been noticing intensely bright sunsets even when there are no (normal) clouds for the sunlight to reflect off of. Tonight was a good example of that if you were out about 7:45. Even in the picture above, the light on he horizon is unusually brilliant.
I remember a similar volcanic sunset event happening in late 1982 and the sunsets were fantastic. And I'm sure its happened since then, but I remember that event in particular.
Anyway, enjoy them now.