A shower that left red dust all over vehicles from Sugar Land to Spring, Texas created a stir just before Christmas.
Many folks tell us they woke up to find the mystery dust all over their cars this morning.
“It was weird; it looked like gold, brown, something, but I don’t know what it is,” J.C. Inestrosa said.
Yeah, car washes had long lines. But the conspiracy sites also love news like this saying that the red rain was extraterrestrial. One YouTube video was entitled “Massive tail of Planet X leaves Red Dust all over texas”. Crazy-ass speculation sites picked up on it and parrotted that nonsense. But the real answer was pretty easy to find. A massive dust cloud formed over Mexico and was carried over the area by a weather system. Rain formation washed it out of the air, onto the ground. Dust clouds from arid regions often become airborne and are carried aloft for great distances, even from places like the Sahara desert in Africa.
After much speculation about what it could be – local dirt, pollen, etc., a local meteorologist did a good job explaining what happened.