Saturday, February 7, 2015

Video: What's the Cause of that 'Mystery Rain' in Idaho, Oregon, Washington?

Posted By on Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 10:53 AM

It's being called a "mystery shower" or a "milky rain" and it has more than a few people puzzled as parts of Idaho, Oregon and Washington have been covered with a mysterious white, and often dirty, sheen in the recent round of showers.

The National Weather Service says it has collected water samples from throughout the region and sent them to a lab for testing. The white rain has coated windows and vehicles from Rathdrum, Idaho to Hermiston, Ore. and Spokane, Wash. The Walla Walla County, Washington emergency management staff posted a statement on their Facebook page that the mystery was likely attributed to volcanic ash, but they quickly updated their comments saying that the source of the rain had not been confirmed.

Meanwhile the National Weather Service office in Spokane posted this map on its Facebook page, indicating the wide range of reports of the "dirty" or "milky" rain.

click to enlarge NWS, SPOKANE FACEBOOK
  • NWS, Spokane Facebook

Meanwhile, KREM-TV reported Friday evening that calls had "poured" into its newsroom from viewers, regarding the mystery rain. The Spokane TV station said it, along with the National Weather Service, was still looking for an answer.

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