'Orange Snow' Is Truly Falling in Eastern Europe

It's all because of a ... desert
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2018 12:23 PM CDT

Had the Brothers Grimm traveled further east, we could have ended up with "Snow Orange." That's the hue of the flakes falling over eastern Europe, reports the BBC, and it's something that happens twice every decade or so, though it's a little more extreme this time around. It's likely the result of desert winds in the Sahara whipping up sand that has combined with snow from Siberia, reports the AP, though more sand is entering the mix than is typical. Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, and Moldova have been experiencing it. Weather.com points out that a NASA satellite managed to capture some of the dust. (More snow stories.)

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