Saturday, February 03, 2007

Multi-colored snow falls in Siberia

I'm posting this as a news oddity.

Wednesday afternoon yellow, green and orange snow fell from the sky and covered more than 100 square kilometers (40 square miles) in at least three provinces, said Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov. Initial tests in three main cities in the region — Omsk, Tomsk and Novosibirsk — showed the multicolored snow was not harmful and he refuted earlier reports that said the snow was oily or foul-smelling.

He said it appeared the coloration came from clay and sandy soils common in northern regions of Kazakhstan. “Preliminary results have found no dangerous chemical or radioactive materials,” Beltsov said.


More than 27,000 people live in the area. No health problems had been reported, the ministry said.


H/T: Stolen Moments.

A commenter by the name of Bionic comments at Stolen Moments:

I don’t know what caused the colored snow, but I don’t think the answer is as simple as they are making out.

The snow reportedly had 4 times the normal level of nitrogen in it. That is very strange.

If that happened in Canada, that would be freaky.