Evolution of a Santa Barbara sunset

Arroyo Burro Beach — aka Hendry's — was ablaze with color at sunset on Dec. 16.
Arroyo Burro Beach — aka Hendry’s — was ablaze with color at sunset on Dec. 16.

Last weekend’s sunsets in Santa Barbara were ridiculous. They’ve been pretty dramatic in SoCal the last few weeks, thanks to Santa Ana winds. I don’t know if there was an offshore flow/Sundowner going on in SB, but we stood in awe at Arroyo Burro Beach on Dec. 16, watching as the sky turned from blue to pink to a garish orange and magenta. Oh, and we were equally awed by an amazing acoustic show by Jeff Tweedy a few nights earlier at the Granada Theatre. We bow in his honor.

Here’s how the sunset progressed on Dec. 16…the colors intensified by the minute:

SB sunset 1
Here’s how things looked at 4:55 pm.
...at 4:59 p.m.
…at 4:59 p.m.
...at 5:03 p.m.
…at 5:03 p.m.
...Sammy, at 5:06 p.m.
…Super Lab Sammy, at 5:06 p.m.
....and at 5:08 p.m.
….and at 5:08 p.m.

If you’re wondering what time the sun rises and sets every day, the iPhone app I like is called Sunrise and Sunset. It takes your GPS location and gives you the aforementioned times, along with hours of daylight that day and allows you to search for sunrises/sets for other dates and locations. And starting tomorrow, the days get longer by a minute….summer, here we come!

2 thoughts on “Evolution of a Santa Barbara sunset

  1. calitrails December 23, 2013 / 4:29 am

    Amazing! It is hard to take advantage of the sunsets in the LA foothills the way that you can on the beach. This is is soothing.

    Also, we saw Jeff Tweedy in LA at the Largo, and he was pretty amazing. Almost as amazing as a sunset like this on the beach.

  2. West-centric December 24, 2013 / 9:28 pm

    I was wondering how the Largo show was. He got pretty annoyed a couple times at the Granada…lots of hooting and hand-clapping (not even to the beat, as he pointed out), which was pretty uncool for an acoustic show. He’s amazing, I must say. We saw him w/the band at the Wiltern awhile back, hoping they return.
    And I have to say, you manage to find sunsets in the mtns…loved the one from Cucamonga Peak.

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