Residents are baffled when the sky over Lancashire turns pink at night, and here’s why
The nights are getting darker. As a result, a local phenomenon has returned to Southport and the lands south of the mouth of the River Ribble.
Like something out of a dystopian future, or a science fiction movie, many people have noticed the sky turning a bright shade of pink overnight. In recent weeks, many people have taken to social media, questioning the warm purple glow on the horizon.
But it appears that this is not the first time the sky has appeared fuchsia over the city. At first, many people thought it might be the result of a strange natural phenomenon.
However, it’s much simpler than that and it’s all about the tomatoes.
Flavourfresh Salads, in Scarisbrick, has for the past year been using LEDs to help grow its award-winning fruit, the Liverpool Echo reported in 2017. The lights, a mix of blue and red, are used in greenhouses and when combined appear colorful Light pink.
When switched on, it can be seen for miles with people claiming to have seen the pink color in the sky from Southport, Formby and even as far as Kirkby. Andy Leggatt, nursery manager at Flavourfresh, has previously explained: “The reason you get beautiful colored skies is because of the weather.
“If you get a nice clear night you won’t see it, but if it’s foggy, rainy or foggy, the LEDs will shine on the cloud and that’s what gives it that glow.
“If you wake up at 5 a.m. and it’s a nice, clear morning, you might see a little tint of it, but if you wake up to fog and look, it’s going to be great.”
Last night, pink skies could be seen again as one driver said they noticed the strange light while driving from Preston towards Southport. People were quick to comment on the photo, saying that it was actually lights from Flavourfresh.
Within the six-and-a-half-acre site are 100,000 plants that produce an average of 420 tons of tomatoes annually. The massive greenhouses have blackout screens on their windows, which are computer-operated to shut off at night, which is when the LEDs turn on.
The company, which produces the specialist crop for Asda and M&S, has been in operation since the mid-1970s and was the fifth company in the country to trial LEDs. In the greenhouse, which averages about 75 degrees Fahrenheit, there are about 3,000 LED lights that have replaced previous high-pressure sodium lights.