What Caused Bizarre-Looking "Blood Rain" To Fall On Siberia?

Finding a stock image photograph of 'blood rain' is, as you might imagine, not easy. montree imnam/Shutterstock

Robin Andrews 06 Jul 2018, 18:13

On rare occasions, as a few villages in northwest Spain experienced a few years back, it can sometimes rain certain species of reddish algae, which also looks a lot like bloodied rain. The species in this case, Haematococcus pluvialis, turns red when stressed.

Understandably, if you’re algae lifted skywards, you’d probably not be best pleased – especially when you land in a country you aren’t endemic to.

The question this time around, of course, is why was there blood rain happening in Siberia? Could the reddish color be coming from sand sourced from Mongolia’s Gobi Desert?  

Well, as spotted by LiveScience, Russian news sources are suggesting that a local Nornickel factory – one that mines and smelts nickel and palladium – is to blame. They were apparently in the middle of cleaning up a pile of iron oxide residue – better known as rust – off the factory’s floors, walls, and roof when a huge gust of wind blew much of the fine matter skyward.

Mix that with the rain, and voila, you’ve got an impending sign of the end of days.


If you’re left feeling deflated by this somewhat disappointing weather phenomenon, may I suggest that you pop on over here to find out what volcanic tornadoes are all about. Alternatively, go to Canada, where some are wondering why it’s appearing to rain poop.

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