Environment

Snow and Skies Turn Orange in Eastern Europe

Wednesday, 28 March

Late last week, the ski slopes in Sochi, Russia, looked like a frozen desert, and for good reason. The snow contained dust blown up from the Sahara. NASA imagery showed a long plume of airborne sand extending across the Mediterranean from North Africa. In Turkey and the Greek island of Crete, the sky turned rust-coloured.

Catching the aerial dust, precipitation tinted the landscape on the other side of the Black Sea. Sahara dust storms come this way every five years or so, but this was an especially heavy event.

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