Orange Snow

Orange snow transforms eastern Europe into ‘Mars’

Orange snow transforms eastern Europe into 'Mars'

Dust from a sandstorm in the Sahara desert is causing snow in eastern Europe to turn orange, transforming mountainous regions of Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria and Romania into Mars-like landscapes.

The unusual scenes are believed to be created by a mix of sand, dust and pollen particles stirred up and swept across from storms in northern Africa. According the meteorologists, the phenomenon occurs roughly every five years.

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

A post shared by Маргарита Альшина (@margarita_alshina) on Mar 23, 2018 at 4:49am PDT

Steven Keates, a weather forecaster at the UK’s Met Office, told The Independent:

“As the sand gets lifted to the upper levels of the atmosphere, it gets distributed elsewhere.

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“Looking at satellite imagery from Nasa, it shows a lot of sand and dust in the atmosphere drifting across the Mediterranean.”

Skiiers and snowboarders ​posted photographs on Instagram and Twitter​ that showed eerie​ orange scenes.

An image captured at Russia’s Sochi ski resort, depicts unfazed skiers gliding down tangerine slopes under an orange-tinted sky.

Марс атакует 🌔 #smurygins_family_trip

A post shared by Alina Smurygina (@sinyaya_ptiza) on Mar 23, 2018 at 11:55pm PDT

One person wrote “Martian landscape, Apocalypse Now.”

Another added: “Snowy slopes were transformed into barkhan dunes.”

It is not the first time eastern Europeans have experienced an eerie snow-tint.

A similar phenomenon happened in 2007 when mysterious “oily” orange snow fell across three regions of southern Siberia.