Unusual, Rare ‘Orange Snow’ Has Swept Across Parts Of Europe

It's an eerie, amazing sight

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An unusual phenomenon that takes place just once every five years has turned the snow orange in mountainous areas of eastern Europe.

The rare sight has been reported in Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria. It is believed to be caused by sand from Sahara desert storms mixing with snow and rain, according to multiple reports.

Nicola Maxey, a spokesperson for the Met Office, told Country Living that the orange tint is the result of sand being lifted up into the atmosphere.

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“As I understand the likelihood is that the snow has been coloured by Saharan dust,” she said. “There are huge Saharan dust storms at the moment and the sand is being picked up by the gales, lifted high into the atmosphere, where it is mixing with weather systems and then falling back to earth mixed with rain or snow.

“This is not an uncommon phenomena and probably why the snow is an orange colour in a few eastern European sites.”

Skiers and snowboarders at a resort near Sochi in Russia have been sharing pictures of the strange scenes. See some of the photos below:

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

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Марс атакует ? #smurygins_family_trip

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What is orang snow and why it’s there??? After million years earth experiencing orang snow, its wonder but happen once in million years when earth ? reverse winds from normal climates, somehow this natural sand fertilizer flown from Sahar backward mixed with rain and fall dense, interested is not orange snow or the reverse winds, most interested is Mother Nature connections, this is not ordinary sand but dead diatoms gathered millions of years ago in sea bed which we called Sahara desert today, this layer of orang snow going to be time machine for future generations to know age of upper layers of ice #science #environment #weather #climate #climatechange #orangesnow #snow #diatoms #sahara #saharadesert #dessert #nature #natural #fertilizer #scienceandtechnology #study #russia #morocco #mountains

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This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.

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