How often do you see a bright orange sky in the evening and rejoice in the sight of it? It looks like an ideal visual straight out of a romantic movie! But instead, what if the sky turned blood red? We are not referring to any horror movies directed by the Ramsay brothers!
On the evening of May 7, residents of the Chinese port city of Zhoushan pressed the panic button when the city’s sky suddenly turned blood red. While some feared a massive fire, others thought it was a doomsday signal. As usual, netizens were quick to jump on Twitter to post the visuals of the blood-red sky:
Simultaneously, in the wake of the hit film “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” MCU fans have been posting hilarious memes about the possible connection between Marvel’s Scarlet Witch and the “strange” purple-colored sky.
However, none of the theories above seem likely, do they? So what exactly happened?
Well, for starters, here’s a fair warning! Scientific reason isn’t half as exciting as “scary visuals”. According to the Zhoushan Meteorological Bureau, it was light refracted from boats in the area towards low clouds that caused havoc.
“When weather conditions are good, more water in the atmosphere forms aerosols that refract and scatter light from fishing boats and create the red sky seen by the public,” the bureau said.
The China Aquatic Products Zhoushan Marine Fisheries Co. further confirmed in a statement that the fishing vessel was in fact fishing for Pacific saury just as its refracted light could have turned the thick blanket of fog to red.
Despite these clarifications, some people have chosen to believe in multiple conspiracy theories ranging from secret experiments to alien invasion. Some have even claimed that particles from the volcanic eruption in Tonga in 2022 may have contributed to the refraction of light.
Nevertheless, the unique weather phenomenon has sparked exciting discussions and humorous exchanges on social media.
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