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Residents of England awoke on Monday morning to a sky that looked very much like a scene from the movie Blade Runner—red and hazy.

Fortunately this isn’t science fiction—or even pollution. Rather, it’s a combination of the rare, powerful ex-hurricane Ophelia’s winds and African dust.
The large, extra-tropical cyclone that brought high winds and damaging seas to Ireland on Monday also produced a huge swath of powerful southerly winds that brought Saharan dust from the west coast of Africa all the way north across the Atlantic and western Europe into the United Kingdom.
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