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Old 04-28-2016, 08:43 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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Here in Colorado Springs, with the low humidity and high elevation, we can see skies that are so blue it's surreal. Especially over the mountains in the early morning hours.
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:52 AM
 
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first off, I'm practically a scientist. Secondly, because of the amount of lakes in Minnesota and how these numerous pure lakes reflect the shorter blue refracted wavelengths from the sunlight hitting the water, and the resulting reflection back up into the atmospheric water droplets, we end up with a bluer sky than anywhere in the world with the possible exception of the North Pole.


actual sky color right now...

Really? Anywhere in the world? Hard to believe..Did a quick search and it seems FL has more lakes. Plus the peninsula is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of MX..so based on your theory it should have bluer skies than MN( which has 11k lakes)? HI probably has bluer skies than MN..

"Florida contains more than 30,000 lakes that cover a little more than 3million acres of land. The lakes range from very small to the nation's fourth-largest natural lake, 448,000-acre Lake Okeechobee. The state's second-largest lake, Lake George at 46,000 acres, touches the border of north Lake County.

MN 11,842 lakes
This is a list of lakes in Minnesota. Minnesota is known as The Land of 10,000 Lakes and officially there are 11,842 lakes more than ten acres (40,000 m) in size. The prevalence of lakes has generated many repeat names."
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:25 AM
 
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in terms of air quality , these were the five highest rated

The 5 Clearest Blue Skies in the U.S. - Explore

1.asheville nc
2.athens gorgia
3.mammonton new jersey
4.austin texas
5.bangor maine
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:15 AM
 
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Here in Colorado Springs, with the low humidity and high elevation, we can see skies that are so blue it's surreal. Especially over the mountains in the early morning hours.
Agree.

I get the sense that many of the people that have posted in this thread are not that well-traveled or have not lived in very many places.

The Southwest in general, has much bluer skies than most of the nation, and I've lived in several states. I've spent 9 of the past 11 years in Colorado, and on a clear day, I don't think it gets much bluer than here. Part of the reason for this is that most Colorado cities are 5000-10000 feet in elevation. Higher elevation = less atmosphere = clearer skies and stronger sun.

I've not lived in other areas of the Southwest (only visited), but most of the Southwest is far bluer than anything I've ever seen back East. I lived in Florida for a couple of years, and there is no comparison when comparing "blueness". Florida was blue on clear days, but not often a DEEP blue like the Southwest.

Just my $.02

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Old 04-28-2016, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Really? Anywhere in the world? Hard to believe..Did a quick search and it seems FL has more lakes. Plus the peninsula is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of MX..so based on your theory it should have bluer skies than MN( which has 11k lakes)? HI probably has bluer skies than MN..

"Florida contains more than 30,000 lakes that cover a little more than 3million acres of land. The lakes range from very small to the nation's fourth-largest natural lake, 448,000-acre Lake Okeechobee. The state's second-largest lake, Lake George at 46,000 acres, touches the border of north Lake County.

MN 11,842 lakes
This is a list of lakes in Minnesota. Minnesota is known as The Land of 10,000 Lakes and officially there are 11,842 lakes more than ten acres (40,000 m) in size. The prevalence of lakes has generated many repeat names."

your stats are bogus
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:21 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Here in Colorado Springs, with the low humidity and high elevation, we can see skies that are so blue it's surreal. Especially over the mountains in the early morning hours.
That's not just the sky you're looking at. That is more outer space, so of course it's going to look darker blue.
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:34 PM
 
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your stats are bogus
Type "how many lakes in FL" on Google..see what it says.. also MN has no other bodies of water(it can't possibly have a bluer sky based on your theory because it's land locked (the Atlantic/Gulf of MX have massive amounts of water) . As I said HI would be a candidate for the bluest skies too or FL. Gotta love CD scientists..

Your theory:

>>pure lakes reflect the shorter blue refracted wavelengths from the sunlight hitting the water, and the resulting reflection back up into the atmospheric water droplets
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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The Desert Southwest handsdown!! Nothing east of the Mississippi can quite compare to that emerald blue you get out west, not even South Florida.
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:17 PM
 
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the bluest skies you ever seen are in Seattle

and, the hills the greenest green, in Seattle
Funny u say that. My first time outt o Seattle was this past Thanksgiving and on the two days it was actually clear, I thought to myself "these skies are so deeply blue"..... Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks that.
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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Funny u say that. My first time outt o Seattle was this past Thanksgiving and on the two days it was actually clear, I thought to myself "these skies are so deeply blue"..... Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks that.
For the 6 days a year it isn't cloudy and/or raining you mean?
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