I grew up mostly in the Southwest, where there are spectacular, jaw-dropping sunsets almost every night.

Here: not so much.

I'm told that it's because the Southwest is *echoes* distant... dry... dusty (and if you get that reference, then I know you grew up there too). Basically, when there's dust in the air, the light refracts off the particulates and creates the brilliant colors you see in pictures
like this.

As we were leaving the House of mental illness Halloween the other day, I looked up to catch these pretty colors. It's no desert sunset, but every once in awhile the Mid-Atlantic area gets it right.