Orange Snow – level 3

12-02-2021 15:00

This is what the Swiss Alps looked like on February 6. Skies turned a spectacular shade of orange, not only in Switzerland, but across parts of southwestern Europe.

Sahara dust blanketed parts of southern and central Europe, and it caused a sharp rise in air pollution across the region.

It’s a common yearly phenomenon as sands and dust from the Sahara desert in Africa are swept northwards. However, this year is particularly impressive due to stronger winds and the volume of sand in the air. Skiers at a resort in Anzere, Switzerland, enjoyed the orange snow and the brightly colored skies last weekend. In Lyon, France, people were also mesmerized by the views of the Sahara sand colors taking over the city.

The concentration of Sahara dust didn’t reach levels that scientists consider harmful because the particles are too big to enter the lungs and cause breathing difficulties.

Difficult words: phenomenon (something that can be observed) and studied, mesmerized (fascinated), particle (a very small part of something).

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