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Louise Minchin pleasantly surprised by Carol Kirkwood's 'explanation': 'Have you noticed?'

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Louise Minchin, 52, was thoroughly impressed after BBC Breakfast co-star Carol Kirkwood informed fans how and why those stunning pink sunrises and sunsets occur. The weather forecaster shared her explanation on Twitter, and her followers were left in awe.

Carol uses her Twitter account to regularly update viewers on weather news and little snippets of meteorology they might find interesting, and this one certainly was, for those who didn’t already know.

“Have you noticed the sunrises/sunsets have had a red/pink tinge to them in the last few mornings/evenings?” she asked.

“This is due to some Saharan dust in the upper atmosphere.”

Saharan dust is a mixture of sand and dust from the Sahara, the vast desert area that covers most of North Africa.

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According to the MET Office, the wind can whip up dust and sand high into the sky and if it blows north, the dust can be carried as far as the UK.

Some fans pointed out they had begun to notice small particles on their cars and houses, with one saying: “Some of it’s coming down and covering my car!!”

Another noted: “Interestingly, I was driving out of Plymouth on Monday evening and I was convinced that I saw red tinged dust clouds swirling around at road level for part of my journey. Clearly, it’s possible I didn’t imagine it now!”

A third reconsidered washing their vehicle due to the amount of dust they had seen: “I was thinking about washing the car but, I’ll wait until the Saharan dust has gone. Washing it once is a chore, doing it twice is purgatory,” they joked.

Another recalled a time where the dust became so thick it was hard to clean off anything.

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“Remember the thick red mud covering everything after a spring shower, when we use to live in Spain!” they thought back, before adding: “Absolutely hated it, so difficult to clean!

Elsewhere, Louise worried she is “wasting her time” with her “boring” morning routine in order to prepare for BBC Breakfast.

The presenter joked the show as a main presenter back in 2003, so to say she’s become accustomed to early morning starts might be an understatement.

But still after 18 years rising at 2/3am, she admitted she couldn’t do it without a strict sleep schedule, but sometimes worries she’s been wasting her time as it steals away valuable time that could be spent with her family.

Chatting to Olympic skier & broadcaster Graham Bell on Decathalon’s podcast, she revealed sleep experts have told her to try napping for ” an hour and a half” in the afternoon.

She was adamant that she would never sleep more than that specific time because it works well with her circadian rhythms – an internal process that regulates the sleep–wake cycle, noting that she has felt “terrible” after accidentally oversleeping.

“But that’s the one bit that gets me, it’s kind of like I know I have to do that because otherwise I just wouldn’t function,” she shrugged.

“I go to bed about 9:30pm at night, but I’ve got family. I don’t want to go to bed really early before all of them because that’s boring.

“And I just think, ‘Am I wasting my time doing this?'” she considered, before quickly dismissed the worries: “But actually, it probably keeps me going.”

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.



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