The city of Sochi in Russia is known for hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, but during the past few days, the resort city has stood out for another reason: its mountains are a dusty red and look like the surface of Mars.
The winds transported sand from the Sahara desert in North Africa to Eastern Europe, British meteorologist Steven Keates told The Independent. The dust, mixed with the storm and the rain, has turned the snow. Various shades of red and orange. According to CNN, the sandstorm passed from North Africa to Greece before heading to Eastern Europe, and could even be seen in images from NASA's Terra satellite.
A cloud of dust (light brown) moves from North Africa to Greece on Thursday, March 22, 2018. The storm passed through Greece before moving to Eastern Europe. Image: NASA
Some of the most impressive photos are from Russia, but this phenomenon has also been seen in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine this week. According to the BBC, this happens every five years. Here are some photos that users have posted on social networks.
Today, March 23 photos of the ski resort of Sochi. The snow in the mountains was covered with red sand. People think they came to Russian from the Sahara desert. Here are some pictures. pic.twitter.com/niZwkcypti- Ashley Paris (@CharmingAshley) March 24, 2018
Martian landscapes, apocalypse on the mountain today! I thought that this only happens near Africa, in Lanzarote-Tenerife or elsewhere, this wind is hot, which transports sand from the desert. But also in Polyana something incredible happened, although the desert is quite far away. To be honest, the yellow sand on the wet snow: the show is unusual, but very sad. The season, already short, with each day leaves less and less hope for the continuation. # pink # sand bath # yellow snow # sequoia fields #rosakhutor #yellowsnow #sandstorm on March 23, 2018 at 4:49 a.m. PDT