Milky Rain Mystery

Northeast Oregon, Eastern Washington & panhandle of Idaho

About the Milky Rain


No doubt car washes in parts of the Northwest were busy in early February. Parts of Northeast Oregon, eastern Washington and the panhandle of Idaho experienced a milky rain on February 6, coating vehicles with a milky-white residue.

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This picture shows what the rain looks like that fell from the sky.

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Washington State University scientists solved this puzzle in early June , concluding the sediment, high in sodium content, likely came from Summer Lake, a shallow, mainly dry lake bed in south-central Oregon northeast of Klamath Falls.


The Washington State University scientists said a dust storm the night before likely lofted dust from the lake, which later fell out in raindrops.

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This picture shows what the milky rain looked like on the cars.