The mystery of the Pacific Northwest Milky Rain has been solved by a group of scientists who researched the matter by employing an interdisciplinary approach.
This February, Americans from the Pacific Northwest region were struck by a very odd rain of milky consistency. This covered up everything from cars, to windows and bikes, which made a lot of people very unhappy with the cleaning that they has to do.
Initially, the cause of the odd phenomenon was considered to be a volcano that had erupted all the way in Japan. Then, the wildfire theory came up, followed by the Nevada dust storm one.
And so, a team of scientists from Washington State University, constituted of a hydrochemist, a meteorology specialist and two geologists decided to look into the matter.
They took each of the three hypotheses into consideration, as they all seemed to be the possible cause. But when they were cross-checked with the wind trajectories that were identified for that period, none of them was a good match for the milky rain outcome.
Then, the team proceeded to identify the exact chemical composition of the milky rain samples and interpreted the data alongside the wind pattern designs that had exclude the prior three theories.
And so, it appeared that the milky rain samples showed a very high sodium concentration, which helped the team of scientists to solve the entire mystery.
“The chemistry is consistent with a saline source from a dry lake bed,” declared the scientists upon completing the tests.
Exactly like it happens in murder investigations, this information took them to the culprit, which turned out to be Summer Lake from Oregon, because it usually dries out during droughts, as it is a shallow lake.
Furthermore, the lake was hit by a strong storm with 60-miles-per-hour winds exactly the night before the mysterious milky rain made its way across the 200 mile region in Oregon and Washington.
And so, exactly like in an Agatha Christie Poirot novel, the proper explanation was discovered and the cause was revealed, with cold hard fact to support it. There was even a precedent, as seven years back in New Mexico when the mysterious milky rain made its appearance again. It was ultimately proved that a dry lake bed was also to blame for it.
The wind was so powerful that February day that it managed to transport the dusty material from Summer Lake for 480 miles before it was turned into the thick milky rain when it met a rainstorm.
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