A severe sandstorm swept over large parts of Saudi Arabia and over Bahrain and Qatar on May 9, 2018.
The storm dropped visibility to nearly zero.
Sand Storm over Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar on May 9, 2018. Credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS
Video courtesy Phobos
Saharan dust raised yesterday by convective downdrafts in Sudan crossed the Red Sea and mixed up with dust raised from the highlands of Saudi Arabia@WMO @PmeMediacen @eumetsat @KISR @AEMET_Esp @BSC_CNS pic.twitter.com/Uz29tWDUJi— Barcelona Dust (@Dust_Barcelona) May 8, 2018
Similar storms were affecting the region in March and April, too:
REPOST to correct location. #Sand and #dust storms are impacting Arabian Gulf. Video via Nestor Santayana and @climatewithout borders of the approach to Jazan airport, southern Saudi Arabia, on Thursday. WMO sand and dust warning forecasts are issued by @Dust_Barcelona pic.twitter.com/QejizwFbTV— WMO | OMM (@WMO) April 27, 2018
Featured image: Sandstorm over Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 9, 2018