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Document Type

Research

Abstract

On Wednesday, April 7, 1954, several householders and car owners in the Davenport area reported to the newspapers that their property had been spattered with blue spots during a severe rainstorm. A similar incident was reported from Detroit, Michigan on Thursday, April 8, 1954. Newspaper jargon referred to the incident as "blue rain". Varied explanations as to the origin of the "blue rain" included the possibility of wind blown paint, "fall-out" particles from hydrogen bomb tests in the Pacific, vegetable material of some type, tree buds, or pollen. The authors became interested in the problem and a trip was made to one of the houses which had been spattered by the "blue rain". The general appearance was as if the white painted house had been speckled with a fine spray of mulberry juice. The spots averaged 5 millimeters in diameter, the center being a dense mass of bluish-purple material surrounded by a paler halo. An automobile parked on the St. Ambrose College campus presented a similar appearance.

Publication Date

1955

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

62

Issue

1

First Page

92

Last Page

93

Copyright

© Copyright 1955 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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