What better than getting drenched in blood on Halloween? Seems like the heavens above are in the mood for some good old Halloween fun!
A bout of blood rain has been forecasted for the Halloween season in UK. However, though the gory showers seem made-to-order for the season, it is nothing more than the red Saharan dust in the atmosphere that gives the rain a weird red tone. The rain isn’t exactly red in color but close enough, as the picture of red or blood rain water collected from a similar occurrence in Kerala in 2001 shows:
The red dust kicked up during storms in the Saharan dessert and blown over to the Europe and could affect parts of the south east of England during the week in the form a rain that may not be real blood but bloody enough to stain things it soaks. A similar phenomenon occurred in 2009 when a red dust storm choked the city with weird red dust!
The red rain is not a new phenomenon. History has many such incidences recorded. However, they were bathed in mysteries and it was generally believed that the rain was actually blood. Even literature has indicated incidences of this bizarre weather phenomenon. Some prominent examples are Homer's Iliad, and works by Hesiod and Layamon.
It was people like the great philosopher Cicero and the French astronomer, Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc who actually indicated that the red rain may be a natural phenomenon explainable by science rather than gory myth. Even in modern times instances of red rain has people dabbling in myths and mysteries.
But even though, the mystery of the red rain may be diminishing with time, a red rain will still be an exciting occurrence during the Halloween season!