Red sky was observed in China on May 7

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How often do you see a bright orange sky in the evening hours and get delighted by its sight? It seems like an ideal visual pulled straight out of a romantic movie! But instead, what if the sky turns blood-red? We aren’t referring to any horror movie directed by the Ramsay Brothers!

On the evening of May 7, residents of China’s port city Zhoushan pressed the panic button as the city skies suddenly turned blood red. While some feared a massive fire, others believed it to be an apocalyptic signal. As usual, netizens were quick to jump on Twitter to post the visuals of the blood-red skies:

Simultaneously, following the blockbuster movie “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, MCU fans posted hilarious memes on the possible link between Marvel’s Scarlet Witch and the ‘strange’ crimson coloured skies.

However, none of the above theories seems probable, isn’t it? So, what exactly happened?

Well, for starters, here’s a fair warning! The scientific reason is not half as exciting as the “spooky visuals”. According to the Zhoushan Meteorological Bureau, it was the light refracted from boats in the local area to the low clouds causing havoc.

“When weather conditions are good, more water in the atmosphere forms aerosols which refract and scatter the light of fishing boats and create the red sky seen by the public,” stated the bureau.

The China Aquatic Products Zhoushan Marine Fisheries Co. further confirmed in a statement that the fishing boat was, in fact, harvesting Pacific saury fishes at the time when its refracted light may have led the thick cover of fog to turn red.

Despite these clarifications, some people chose to believe in multiple conspiracy theories ranging from secret experiments to alien invasion. Some even claimed that the particulate matter from the 2022 Tonga Volcanic Eruption may have contributed to the light refraction.

Nevertheless, the unique weather phenomenon sparked some exciting discussions and humorous exchanges over social media.


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