‘It’s a Mystery At This Point’: Rain With Strange Quality Falls on Northwest, Leaves Experts Baffled

Meteorologists are searching for answers after rain with a “milky” quality fell in the Pacific Northwest Friday.

Mark Turner, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Spokane, told BuzzFeed that the “dirty” rain was seen in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Rainwater collected from our rain gauge today. Rather murky. Still not sure why

No one, however, seems to know exactly what caused it.

“We have heard a few theories thus far including; volcanic ash from Mexico or Russia, dust picked up from last night’s strong winds, or perhaps ash from last year’s wildfires over SE Oregon/SW Idaho. We still don’t have a definitive answer,” the NWS Spokane said in a Facebook post.

Turner elaborated on one of the theories to BuzzFeed.

“Oregon has had strong winds,” he told the website. “It could just be that an area has been dry and strong winds kicked up some dust.”

“In some summer dry spells we’ll get big dust storms and then if it rains we can see a similar thing,” Turner added. “But the timing of this is odd.”

Others gave more weight to alternative theories.

Feb. 7, 2015 by Oliver Darcy | original source: theblaze.com | Full Story Here

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