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'Milky' rain falls over the United States

February 8, 2015 | Comment icon 12 comments

The rain is believed to have been tainted by volcanic ash. Image Credit: CC 2.0 JDP90
A peculiar downpour of milky-colored rain has been affecting parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Reports of the unconventional downpour were received by the National Weather Service from more than fifteen cities on Friday.

The rainstorm was believed to have moved in from the Pacific as it covered homes and vehicles in droplets that were described as 'milky' or 'dusty', prompting concerns from residents.

Experts have since been collecting and analyzing samples of the rain in an effort to determine the origins of its strange color.
The most likely explanation at the moment is that the rainstorm passed through a cloud of ash from a volcano that erupted in Russia more than 3,000 miles away. Volcano Shiveluch in Kamchatka Krai was reported to have spewed debris up to 22,000ft in to the sky at the end of January.

Another volcano that erupted in Colima, Mexico is also thought to be a possible culprit.

Source: USA Today | Comments (12)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Harte 7 years ago
Evidence for the existence of Atum, who exclaimed "Hu" (and who could blame him?) as he ejaculated the universe into existence. Harte
Comment icon #4 Posted by TheOtherSide1945 7 years ago
I am failing to see what is unexplained. It is obviously volcanic ash from all the volcanoes going off.
Comment icon #5 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
I live right where it is supposedly falling, and I've seen nothing unusual.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Fedex 7 years ago
I live in the area. Couldn't realllllllly notice anything as the rain fell, but when it dried wow. Super dirty on the cars, thats it tho. Looked like ash. Reminiscent of st helens.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Capt Amerika 7 years ago
Dusty White stuff falling in the Northern part of the USA. We call it Snow in North Dakota.....
Comment icon #8 Posted by cheo_vl 7 years ago
it's the second "cumming" of Christ!!!
Comment icon #9 Posted by skookum 7 years ago
The Sri Lanka blood red rains still fascinate me. Although the Indian Government says they are certain now it was an Algae. There are still scientists that believe it was caused by a new unknown lifeform. Possibly brought from an Asteroid that air bursted around the time.
Comment icon #10 Posted by wolfeo 7 years ago
Japanese power plant?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Harte 7 years ago
I live right where it is supposedly falling, and I've seen nothing unusual. What's it like, living at the dairy? Harte
Comment icon #12 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
What's it like, living at the dairy? Harte I get a lot of cheesy questions.

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