Blood-Red Sun, Extraordinary Gloom Unnerve Nordics
A blood-red sun that appeared over southern Finland raised eyebrows among the local population. Meanwhile, an unusual darkness settled over the greater Stockholm area in a phenomenon that inspired fears of atomic winter, volcano eruptions and Armageddon among many Swedes.
Earlier this week, many Finns were taken aback by the unusual sight of a bright red sun that rose over the Nordic country. Snapshots of the blood-red sun became one of the most popular trends this week. Meanwhile, in neighboring Sweden, a rare darkness that gathered over the center of the country triggered strong reactions.
Meteorologist Anne Borgström of Finnish national broadcaster Yle argued that the awe-inspiring spectacle could be attributed to the amount of particles in the atmosphere.
“They originate from forest fires in Portugal and Spain, as well as sand and dust from the Sahara desert,” Anne Borgström said.
While suspicions were immediately directed at Hurricane Ophelia, which hit Ireland on Monday, Borgström could not confirm that Ophelia was the culprit behind the red sun’s manifestation. Instead, she maintained that particles had been brought by the winds from southern Europe, which is unusual but not exceptional.
“It’s not Judgment Day or anything. We simply have a passing weather phenomenon. It is a proper front with a lot of dense clouds. In the case of heavy rainclouds, the sky can darken very quickly,” meteorologist Marcus Sjöstedt of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) told Swedish Radio.