'Orange snow' coats mountains across Europe

Ski fields in Romania and Russia transform into a Martian landscape.

    Dust from the Sahara has transformed the ski fields of southeast Europe

    The snow has taken on an orange hue in Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Russia.

    A post shared by Ekaterina (@katrin.jd) onMar 23, 2018 at 7:33am PDT

    The dust has been kicked into the atmosphere by recent storms that have been raging across the Mediterranean and northern Africa, and transported across Europe on strong winds.

    On Thursday, much of the Greek Island of Crete was shrouded in an orange glow, as the winds pushed the hot air northwards.

    The air continued across southeast Europe and hit the cold air which is currently in place over the region.

    This triggered rain, and snow over the mountains, both of which were mixed with plenty of orange dust.

    This isn't the first time that Europe has seen orange dust from the Sahara. In October 2016, it was the northwest of the continent which was cowering under an orange sky.

    The dust, which was made worse by the wildfires in Spain and Portugal, left Londoners staring at the sky in amazement.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies


    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?