Red rain over South Texas sparks crazy theory but has natural explanation

A shower that left red dust all over vehicles from Sugar Land to Spring, Texas created a stir just before Christmas.

Mystery dust blankets southeast Texas.

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.

Mysterious dust drops all over Houston and car washes love it – Houston Chronicle.

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.

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  5 comments for “Red rain over South Texas sparks crazy theory but has natural explanation

  1. Blargh
    December 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    And the countdown to an article in the Journal of Cosmology saying that this was in fact caused by extraterrestrial organisms brought in on meteorites starts… now!

    • Irritated Kalifornian
      December 26, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      Do you mean we can’t blame this on Fukushima? or waitaminute, organisms that were on meteorites that flew by Fukushima!

  2. December 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Dust from Mexico – deport i!

  3. F-89
    December 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I thought Planet x wasn’t here yet. Or did it somehow pass us? I’ve forgotten, since none of it’s proponents can agree on what it’s doing.
    Can we have any natural phenomena happen without it being spun into something pseudo scientific?

  4. MrClean417
    December 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    I remember growing up in Kansas every spring we would be treated to the wonderful site of red dust all over our cars in the morning. That lovely dirt from Oklahoma would be swept up from wind storms or twisters and deposited on us later that night/early the next day.

    Seems to me in the winter the wind blows the other way.

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