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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Update Mystery Ash/Rain





From our paper -
"There may still be debate on the origins of the “milky rain” that fell on the Tri-Cities Feb. 6, but the Benton Clean Air Agency now knows what was in it.
A sample sent for testing included sodium, silicon and trace amounts of aluminum, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese. There also was a trace of organic carbon.
“Nothing in the sample suggests that a public health risk existed during or after the event,” the agency said.
A leading theory, put forth by a Washington State University meteorologist, is that hurricane-force winds whipped across the Summer Lake region in south-central Oregon, picking up dry, light-colored sands and soils that were carried by strong winds to the north. The ancient lake has alkali beds.
The dust plume blew over the Tri-Cities, where rain deposited milky drops on cars and houses.
However, WSU meteorologist Nic Loyd said interpreting the sample results to tie them to a particular place was out of his area of expertise.
Other possibilities raised by different agencies included that the milky rain came from ash from a distant volcanic eruption, from dust storms in the Middle East or from a large storm that hit northwest Nevada."

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/02/27/3432174/samples-show-tri-cities-milky.html#storylink=cpy

6 comments:

Bob Slatten said...

I think it was aliens crop-dusting.

Just sayin'.

anne marie in philly said...

@bob - bwhahahahahaha!

what were the gnomes doing on that day? what is their alibi?

mistress maddie said...

I think the first sounds buyable. Could volcanic ash really travel from very far? I was thinking Bob's idea too but don't want to jeopardize human/alien relations.

Sadie J said...

Maybe it was some kind of sign from God. (I'm sure that's what people around here would say.) Personally, I'm going with Bob's theory!

mrs.missalaineus said...

well, at least they have a non-answer....

xxalainaxx

Jeanne said...

Bob's got the right idea! :o)