Odd Side – April 10, 2018

Orange Snow? Rare Meeting of Siberia, Sahara Over Europe

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Orange snow has fallen in parts of eastern Europe after a rare meeting of Siberia and the Sahara.

Meteorologists say the snow from Siberia collided with dust-filled wind from the Sahara Desert in Africa.

The orange snow has been spotted on mountains in Russia’s Sochi region, farther east in Georgia’s Adzharia region and at Romania’s Danube port of Galati.

Some skiers have posted photos on social media joking that they were on Mars, not a mountain.

Romanian meteorologist Mia Mirabela Stamate says a wind carrying sand particles from the Sahara met with a massive snowfall on Friday. She predicts that the orange-hued snow will move eastward.

Cat-And-Mouse Game: Mountain Lion Roams California Backyards

AZUSA, Calif. (AP) — A mountain lion roamed through backyards in a neighborhood outside Los Angeles before wildlife officers tranquilized it.

The lion was spotted Monday morning in the eastern Los Angeles County community of Azusa, near the San Gabriel Mountains wilderness.

News helicopters showed it pawing at the door of a home and jumping onto the roof of a shed, then leaping over a fence.

Azusa police contained the big cat until wildlife officers arrived and used social media to warn residents to stay indoors.

After being tranquilized, the sleeping lion was loaded onto a pickup truck to be moved out of the neighborhood.

House Ransacked After Being Mistaken for Site of Estate Sale

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman says her house was ransacked by people who mistakenly thought it was the site of an estate sale.

The Daily Camera reports Mary Andrews says she left her Longmont home unlocked and came back Friday morning to find people taking items from her house.

Longmont police told Andrews it was a “very, very bad misunderstanding.”

Andrews says a house just a few doors down was having an estate sale, and somehow someone got into her house and began spreading the rumor that an estate sale was going on there and that everything was free.

Despite the mix-up, Andrews says people should have found something odd about an estate sale where everything was being given away at no cost.

Police say they have closed the case because they do not have any suspect leads.

Longmont is about an hour north of Denver.

Connecticut Police Warn Walkers About Ornery Hawks

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police in one Connecticut town are warning residents about aggressive hawks that have been attacking their human neighbors.

Fairfield police said Sunday, on social media, that they have asked state and federal wildlife experts to come in and remove the hawk or hawks in question from one neighborhood following the most recent incident last week, when a woman was attacked in her yard.

Meanwhile, animal control is stepping up patrols in the area.

Police say the attacks follow a pattern and involve “hawks flying in undetected from behind a single person walking” and targeting the head area.

Police are warning walkers to use caution and report aggressive hawk behavior.