Skeptic News: 'blood rain' forecast for Halloween

From: Telegraph

The weird British weather continues this week when a 20C Indian summer set to be followed by snow and even ‘blood rain’ where Saharan dust mixes with the wet weather.

The weirdest weather on record continues this week – a 20C Indian summer is set to be followed by snow with ‘blood rain’ thrown in for good measure, the Met office says.

Temperatures are set to soar this week to an unseasonably warm 20C – but the Indian summer is not set to last as snow as predicted for the end of the week.

A wave of hot air from North Africa is set to sweep through the United Kingdom from tomorrow bringing sunny spells and temperatures in the high teens across the UK.

It could also bring ‘blood rain’ – rain carrying red dust from the Sahara which is capable of staining cars.

Blood rain or red rain is a phenomenon in which blood is perceived to fall from the sky in the form of rain. Cases have been recorded since Homer’s Iliad, composed approximately 8th century BC, and are widespread. Before the 17th century it was generally believed that the rain was actually blood. Literature mirrors cult practice, in which the appearance of blood rain was considered a bad omen, and was used as a tool foreshadowing events, but while some of these may be literary devices, some occurrences are historic.

Recorded instances of blood rain usually cover small areas. The duration can vary, sometimes lasting only a short time, others several days. By the 17th century, explanations for the phenomenon had moved away from the supernatural and attempted to provide natural reasons. In the 19th century blood rains were scientifically examined and theories that dust gave the water its red colour gained ground.

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