Ophelia Has Turned London’s Skies Red Like Blade Runner

Tropical Storm Ophelia, already an anomaly of a storm, is creating some strange phenomena in the skies over the UK.

As the former hurricane struck Ireland Monday, killing three people, the warmer air from Southern Europe and dust it brought from the Sahara Desert appeared to turn the sun red and the air almost golden in parts of Wales and England.

Meteorologists said the dust particles in the air disrupt the shorter wavelengths of the sky’s blue light and allow for the longer-wavelength red light to show more clearly.

People took to the streets to document the strange sight, which many noted resembled something out of the science fiction film Blade Runner.

For comparison, here are some shots from this year’s Blade Runner 2049:

Ophelia formed as a Category 3 hurricane, the farthest east any major hurricane has ever begun and the farthest north a major Atlantic hurricane has formed this late in the storm season since 1939. The water is typically usually too cool to allow hurricanes with this strength to form.

According to the BBC, more than 360,000 homes and businesses in the Republic of Ireland, another 16,000 in Northern Ireland and 4,000 more in Wales have lost power as a result of the storm. High winds reaching 100 miles per hour have knocked the roof of a sports stadium and forced schools and official buildings to close. Ophelia is now bearing down on Scotland where there are wind warnings in place for tonight and tomorrow.