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Saharan / Sable Orange Snow like living in a Sepia tint

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Once or twice a season we get dust from the Sahara on a Southerly airflow, Sirocco, depositing a fine Orange dust and I seem to recall I've experienced it back in the UK too.

However, today is in another league, looking out of my windows it looks like everything had a sepia tint, or I still have my sunnies on Laughing

Went for a cross-country ski and my van was covered in orange sand, and then I noticed it was still falling out of the sky.

More on the weather meteorological explanation side of things here.

And a piste basher kindly went up the piste in front of us so you can really see the contrast.

And these photos have absolutely no filters!





And it became more intense as I skied further up the valley gaining altitude, and with temps about +4 it was hard going, not too sure what it has done to the base of my skis?


http://youtube.com/v/74sBMyci6ds

Not too sure if this will be a dangerous weak layer with the snow forecast for later?


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Some similar pics coming from St Foy. Very weird! Does the tint give better contrast? Toofy Grin
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And now some tracks on the Casse de Boeuf piste.



And was just nagging to my guide mate, and he too has never seen it quite like this, over in La Grave he said it's just an Orange mist in the air almost blocking out La Meije.

I asked him if this will be another weak layer and he said it's enough to give up in what's a ludicrously complicated season what with Covid and the snow-pack.

As I was chatting I took the above photo and he very quickly pointed out that in a few days we could well see the inverse, that is Orange tracks in white snow if that makes sense?
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Un-compacted snow melts quicker, eventually leaving the tracks inverted, sticking up (and orange).


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It occasionally gets up to the uk too. It’s noticeable as a red dust on cars.
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I have seen saharan sand, but I don't recall it that dense. Has it caused breathing problems when it's on the wind?
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Mrs U and I found it decidedly unpleasant! Very dark at times.
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Skiing in Switzerland yesterday was a bit surreal in the distance from the Mountain top.no idea what it was at the time. Thought the aliens were coming.
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.....I took the above photo and he very quickly pointed out that in a few days we could well see the inverse, that is Orange tracks in white snow if that makes sense?.......


Et voila....

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We had this back in 2015 at Les Deux Alpes. It was really weird. Also, the yellow snow was wetter than the white and a little more sticky so you would almost lose speed quite quickly. It made skiing very tricky!
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[quote="Weathercam"][quote="Weathercam"]....
Et voila....

very good pair of photos!
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