With an actual real-life hurricane battering Ireland, it can very much feel like we are living in the end-times. Now with Ophelia having somehow turned the sky a deep, blood red across much of the UK, it seems we are one plague of locusts short of the Apocalypse being a go.
Is this the vengeance of some angry capricious god who is furious at your sins - yes you, I'm talking to you, reading this now, you and your many sins? Perhaps. Is this also a perfectly explicable, if bizarre, weather phenomenon? Very much so. Are these two things mutually exclusive? Not necessarily.
As storm Ophelia has passed over Ireland the weather system has been drawing vast swathes of air up across from Southern Europe and over the United Kingdom. This has brought massive amounts of airborne dust up from the Sahara, as well as soot from the terrible wildfires that are currently ravaging Spain and Portugal, leading the sky to turn an angry red. There is also apparently a vague smell of burning in the air as well.
It looks properly mental and like something from Blade Runner: 2049, so if you see a vaguely confused and bedraggled Harrison Ford wandering the streets, he's honestly best avoided, it's just not worth it.
The sky in #London has turned into a CRAZY(!) reddish brown colour. It feels incredibly weird...and getting more weird by the minute. So many people are looking at the sky and taking photos. #Ophelia #SaharanDust #FireParticles #RedSun pic.twitter.com/nMQ2e7MdTb
— Tomasz Schafernaker (@Schafernaker) October 16, 2017
Red sky at night, shepherd's delight.
Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning.
Red sky all day, SHEPHERD GONE CRAY.#redsun
— Swéta Rana (@s_rana_) October 16, 2017
— Cromwell (@Cromwell606) October 16, 2017
The sky is eerie. The end is nigh. pic.twitter.com/A1hKl3dxGp
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 16, 2017
— TreeHuggingZebra (@millionsmilesx) October 16, 2017
— Harshad Kakatkar (@harshadkakatkar) October 16, 2017
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— Muscovy Duck (@themuscovyduck) October 16, 2017
— Filosofizer (@Filosofizer) October 16, 2017