Red snow after sand from Sahara covers snowy Sierra Nevada, Spain

For the past couple of days, Spain has been experiencing a strange weather phenomenon known as ‘Calima’.

This is when a sand and dust-laden wind blowing from the Sahara desert in North Africa reaches Spain and starts covering the landscape… Even the snow becomes reddish!

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SANDSTORM FROM THE SAHARA HITS SPAIN via VK.com

This is neither smog nor pollution, no it’s just sand from the Sahara that is covering the snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain.

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The snow turns reddish as a sandstorm from Sahara is reaching the Sierra Nevada in Spain. via VK

Also known as ‘Calima’ in Spain, this weird weather phenomenon generally raises temperatures but lowers visibility due to the fine yellowish-brown air-borne dust.

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Amazing photo by Tim Peake from ISS features the huge sandstorm currently engulfing Spain. via East of Malaga

As you may understand, a strong Calima may cause respiratory problems in humans.

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The strong winds bringing the saharan sand to Spain is called Calima. via VK.com

This weather phenomenon normally occurs around this time of year and lasts a few days leaving lots of cleaning up to do.

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Calima. This is a sand and dust-laden wind, originating in the Sahara desert in North Africa. via East of Malaga

Imagine that! Skiing on red snow! Crazy weather phenomenon!

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