Mysterious Orange Snow Has Covered Ski Resorts Over the Weekend
Марсианские пейзажи, апокалипсис на горе сегодня! Я думала, что такое бывает только вблизи Африки, на Лансароте-Тенерифе или ещё где-то там, этот ветер горячий, который несёт песок из пустыни. Но в Поляне тоже произошло что-то невероятное, хотя пустыни довольно далеко. Если честно, жёлтый песок сверху мокрого снега, - зрелище необычное, но очень грустное. Сезон, и без того короткий, с каждым днём оставляет все меньше надежд на продолжение. #розахутор #песчанаябуря #желтыйснег #бурявкраснойполяне #rosakhutor #yellowsnow #sandstorm
Skiiers in Eastern Europe were treated to eerie Mars-like slopes over the weekend. Mountains and ski resorts in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Romania were coated with a mysterious dirty orange snow.
The specifics of how this happened aren't entirely clear. However, many suggest the snow, which varied between yellow, orange, and brown, was the result of sand and pollen. The dirty snow was likely the result of storms in North Africa carrying sand at high altitudes.
"There has been a lot of lifted sand or dust originating from North Africa and the Sahara, from sandstorms which have formed in the desert," Steven Keates of the Met Office told the Independent. "As the sand gets lifted to the upper levels of the atmosphere, it gets distributed elsewhere. Looking at satellite imagery from NASA, it shows a lot of sand and dust in the atmosphere drifting across the Mediterranean."
What turned snow orange in Sochi, Russia? Believe it or not, according to the Athens Observatory, winds transported sand and dust from the Sahara some 1500 miles (2400 km) from north Africa to southern Russia. More could be on the way Monday. pic.twitter.com/gu29Wjh9R9— CNN Weather Center (@CNNweather) March 25, 2018
Posts from travelers on social media indicated that the snow was gritty and they weren't able to ski the slopes. No one specifically addressed the issue, but it's probably safe to assume the snow wasn't creamsicle-flavored.
Similar incidents have been recorded in the past. In 2007, an oily orange snow fell over Siberia. Last year, Hurricane Ophelia turned the sun and sky red over parts of the UK.
The Independent highlighted conflicting theories about the cause of the snow, noting local officials said a storm in Kazakhstan kicked up dust and clay and caused the discolored snow. Meanwhile, a Russia environmental watchdog suggested it was the result of pollution because the snow contains elevated levels of iron, acids, and nitrates.
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No matter the cause, people who witnessed it -- including many vacationing at the former Olympic slopes in Sochi, Russia -- began posting to social media, saying the slopes looked like sand dunes, an arriving apocalypse, or the surface of Mars.
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