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The Russian city of Saratov ended up painted orange this week as tinted snowflakes fell from the heavens.
Residents were left perplexed and concerned when they awoke to find that their neighborhood had been covered in a dusting of orange flakes with some areas also reporting snow that exhibited more of a yellowish tinge.
Some raised concerns over the possibility of radiation poisoning or that the snow contained some sort of harmful chemicals while others ended up seeking medical attention because they believed the strange coloring was down to a problem with their eyesight.
Fortunately however the phenomenon turned out to have a harmless explanation - the orange color was actually the result of sand from the Sahara being brought to Russia by a cyclone.
A low-pressure trough extending from the Canary Islands to northern Scotland on 8–10 October 2001 initiated the northward transport of Saharan dust. On 11–12 October a low was present west of Morocco and a high was located over northern Africa and the Mediterranean Sea as shown in Figure 1 (top) for the 700-hPa pressure level (center height of the dust plumes over Europe). This stable weather pattern, which is visible in all weather charts up to the 500 hPa level (5500 m height), caused a massive export of dust from the Sahara to Europe.
originally posted by: Aleister
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Kapusta
Dust from the Sahara.
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