Orange snow-covered parts of Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova. Meteorologists say that the colored snow is caused by sand from Sahara desert storms, which mixes with snow and rain and occurs about every five years. (19659002) The usually white-covered mountains of Eastern Europe have become the color of rust.
Desert winds from the Sahara are to blame, the dust clouds over the Mediterranean to Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romaine and Moldova. The dust was brought to the ground by rain and snow.
The deposits on the ski slopes in Sochi, Russia, hosting the 201
4 Winter Games, were compared to sandy beaches and the surface of Mars.
The dusty feather in the air sweeping from North Africa to Eastern Europe was readily apparent in weather satellite imagery.
Satellite image showing dust cloud pouring from the northern Sahara to Europe. (NASA)
The BBC reported that this phenomenon occurs approximately every five years in the region.
The dust not only sprayed the snow of Eastern Europe, but also transformed the Mediterranean sky from blue to yellows and oranges.
The Athens Observatory described the dust drop in Greece as one of the largest ever observed in CNN.
Anticlockwise winds around a storm in the Mediterranean helped direct the Saharan dust north as shown below in the computer model.
NASA GEOS-5 dust concentration model simulation Wednesday night to Friday night. (19659007) It's the second big cloud of dust sweeping across Europe in the last six months.
In October, Hurricane Ophelia's circulation helped to collect dust in much of Western Europe. The sky over London turned yellow, sepia, light brown and red. "The sky in #London has turned into a CRAZY (!) Reddish-brown color" Tomasz Schäfernaker tweeted meteorologist of the BBC. "It feels incredibly funny … and getting weirder by the minute … so many people are looking at the sky and taking pictures."
[Ophelia sweeps ‘incredibly weird’ plume of desert dust through London’s sky]
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