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Orange Snow Falls in Russia

Sochi, Russia —(Map)

Orange snow has been falling in Russia and other countries in eastern Europe. The strange color of the snow is caused by sand from Africa mixing with snow and rain in the sky.

In northern Africa recently there have been huge sand storms. Large amounts of sand have been lifted from the Sahara desert by strong winds. These sand storms are large enough to be seen from space.

Picture taken from space shows sand from north Africa blowing toward Greece.
Picture taken from space shows sand from north Africa blowing toward Greece.
(Source: NASA.)

The sand has been carried from Africa to places like Greece and Italy. In these countries, skies have turned orange. Dust from the sand storms has covered the ground.

Sand Storm in Kuwait (2008)
Sand storms can change the sky color and cover everything with dust.
This sand storm was in Kuwait in 2008.
(Source: Steve & Jemma Copley (Flickr), via Wikimedia Commons.)

Now winds have carried the orange sand farther north and east. The sand has been mixing with rain and snow in the sky, and falling to the ground as orange snow in countries like Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, and Moldova.

Snow was orange in parts of Russia recently as a result of sand storms from Africa.
Snow was orange in parts of Russia recently as a result of sand storms from Africa.
(Source: margarita_alshina, via Instagram.)

Some people who were skiing in the orange snow have put pictures on the Internet. “We’re skiing on Mars today,” one person wrote.

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