Red wind blows across desert

Dust clouds in the forecast for week ahead

Desert dust over the Ridges on the Redlands.

The winds that swept strange red clouds into the valley over the weekend could be back again this week.

The clouds got their color from dust picked up by the wind, which then became trapped in the atmosphere, according to meteorologist Jim Daniels with the local division of the National Weather Service.

As the clouds traveled east over the mountains, the weather service received reports of red snow.

Spring is typically the windiest time of the year, Daniels said.

This week’s forecast is more of the same: breezy with periods of wind.

“It does seem like this has been a windier, dustier spring than we’ve had in a few years,” Daniels said.


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