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Los Angeles sunset photos: Those amazing colors explained

On Wednesday evening, the sun gave Los Angeles a really nice display of color. We asked the National Weather Service to explain the unexpected hues of purples and pinks.

Meteorologist Carol Smith credits the tropical moisture from Hurricane Fabio, which brought light showers to Southern California on Wednesday. 

"The moisture in the air creates different colors that we're not used to seeing, because it's usually drier, clearer, maybe smoggy," she added.

Smith added that the clouds themselves change how we see the sun's rays. "You get different kinds of sunsets depending on the different clouds we get in the atmosphere," she explained. "The cloud droplets, liquid droplets, change the way that the lights are refracted through the clouds."

For those that missed it, we collected some of the tons of photos that were taken. Feel free to add photos we might have missed in the comments.

Did you miss that amazing LA sunset?

Twitter is aglow with photos; bump up your screen's resolution and check out the ones we've curated:

Storified by 89.3 KPCC · Thu, Jul 19 2012 13:24:11

Venice Beach sunset, LA. 13h ago. http://pic.twitter.com/Mpav0MqSMarkOCasteletti
#electroadictos @alejofalla Last evenings sunset pic Ibiza http://pic.twitter.com/d9zYwSTs que mas le puedes pedire a la vida????Anita???
What an amazing sunset in LA tonight! http://pic.twitter.com/4V5OkjHzMallory Jaffe
The sunset tonight was beyond beautiful!Claudia Martin
#downtown #LA last #night - reflecting a #pink #sunset. #city #beauty #park #sky #iphoneonly #nofilter #hdr http://instagr.am/p/NRJV_SQheu/jason chu
RT @amarixe: Most amazing sunset in LA tonight! :) http://instagr.am/p/NPz-TKKcHh/mirela alecu
Yesterday's #sunset was dramatic #la http://instagr.am/p/NROSUGKLHV/Carren Jao
Sunset from the ramp http://twitpic.com/a97057Kevin Takumi
Amazing sunset in LA right now. No filter on this. @ Sunset Vine Tower http://instagr.am/p/NPyx4RDbfX/Susie Castillo
Amazing sunset in LA tonight #nature = #incredible http://pic.twitter.com/KgmuARdCRyan Bingham
Awesome Lion King sunset in LA during @danachis's ixda talk. Instagram? Puh-leez. http://yfrog.com/31tqcbj @angel @sarahstern @jensjonasonJohn K.
Sunset in LA. ? http://instagr.am/p/NP09PPBPaG/Eric Unger
crazy beautiful LA sunset tonight says all my social media 300.5 times -- worth sharing http://pic.twitter.com/OMaSkGopTeddi Curtis
The most ridonkulous sunset on the west side of LA this evening. Easily in my top 5 ever. Yowsa. http://pic.twitter.com/uueHB6cIStephen Lee Carr
LA's Sunset was Beautiful today!! http://pic.twitter.com/OQkJZceVMercedez

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