Sandstorms

turkey sandstorm sept 12 2020

Massive sandstorm engulfs Ankara, leaving 6 injured, Turkey

A massive sandstorm hit Ankara, Turkey, on Saturday, September 12, 2020, leaving at least six people injured. Meteorological authorities said the phenomenon likely occurred due to the lack of rain in the area. Footage captured the huge cloud of dust as it slowly...

September 15, 2020

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Massive sandstorm blankets Hotan, western China

A massive sandstorm blanketed the city of Hotan in western China on Sunday, June 28, 2020. According to the South China Morning Post, the visibility was reduced to 50 m (164 feet), and residents suffered breathing difficulties. The storm began at around 08:50 UTC...

June 30, 2020

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Severe sandstorm sweeps through Dundgobi, Mongolia

A severe sandstorm hit Mongolia's Dundgobi Province on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The storm packed winds of up to 126 km/h (78 mph), according to the meteorological agency. It swept through areas in Deren, Gurvansaikhan, and Mandalgobi. This type of sandstorm, known...

June 11, 2020

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Strong advection of Saharan dust from North Africa into Europe

A huge load of Saharan dust is moving across the Mediterranean Sea into SE Europe on May 14, 2020, with additional deposits expected in the coming days. According to Severe Weather Europe (SWE) meteorologists, the dust may also reach the UK and Ireland over the...

May 14, 2020

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Intense rains, powerful winds and sandstorms wreak havoc in Qatar

Intense rains accompanied by powerful winds and sandstorms wreaked havoc in Qatar over the past few days. On May 1, severe storms destroyed a field hospital at the Umm Salal area, north of Doha. It was constructed just two weeks ago, specifically for accommodating...

May 01, 2020

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Huge sandstorm hits central Iran

A massive, terrifying sandstorm hit the provinces of Yazd and Rafsanjan in central Iran on Sunday, April 26, 2020. The storm occurred at dawn, with wind speed reaching up to 130 km/h (81 mph). A witness said day turned into night when the gigantic sandstorm covered...

April 28, 2020

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Massive sandstorm engulfs Baicheng city, China

A massive sandstorm blanketed the city of Baicheng in Jilin Province, Northeast China, on April 3, 2020. The phenomenon is locally known as a "black storm". Waves of dust were swept up by gale-force winds of 63 to 74 km/h (39 to 46 mph). In one footage, a...

April 06, 2020

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Sandstorms engulf parts of the Middle East

Sandstorms blanketed parts of the Middle East on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The countries affected included Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. Skies turned orange as dust storms engulfed the Middle Eastern countries. In the footage, motorists were seen braving the...

March 31, 2020

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Crops ravaged by a massive sandstorm, heavy impact on all crops grown in the open ground, Canary Islands

Crops in the Canary Islands were ravaged by a massive sandstorm affecting the archipelago from February 22 through 24, 2020. Agrarian leaders are expecting the damages to be long-term as not only the current harvest was lost, but the next ones are also at risk. The...

February 28, 2020

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Massive sandstorm hits Canary Islands, authorities describe it as the worst in 40 years

A massive sandstorm with winds up to 120 km/h (75 mph) hit the Canary Islands over the weekend and continued into Monday, February 24, 2020. The storm caused severe disruptions and exacerbated wildfires which forced about 2 000 residents to evacuate. The regional...

February 24, 2020

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Large sandstorm hits capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

A huge sandstorm hit capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at 12:15 local time on February 19, 2019, dropping down visibility and causing substantial traffic delays. The storm was accompanied by wind speeds reaching 40 km/h (25 mph). It affected temperatures across the city,...

February 19, 2019

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Unusually intense sandstorm sweeps over Egypt

An unusually intense sandstorm swept over Egypt this week and peaked on January 16, 2019, severely reducing visibility and air quality. The conditions started improving on January 17. It's unusual to see such severe sandstorms in January, residents said. The...

January 18, 2019

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Massive sandstorm engulfs Golmud, Qinghai province, China

A ferocious sandstorm engulfed the city of Golmud in China' Qinghai province on July 25, 2018, causing zero visibility. The sandstorm was accompanied by 75 km/h (46 mph) winds that brought down trees and caused traffic chaos. The police was forced to use...

July 27, 2018

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Another massive sandstorm engulfs Rajasthan and NW India

Just days after extremely powerful thunderstorms and sandstorms swept over parts of India, claiming lives of over 125 people, another massive sandstorm swept over its northwestern states on the evening of May 7, 2018. The storm hit parts of Rajasthan, Chandigarh,...

May 09, 2018

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Severe sandstorm hits Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar

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. ...

May 09, 2018

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Orange snow carpets parts of eastern Europe

Parts of eastern Europe, especially mountainous regions in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Bulgaria and Romania, transformed into Mars-like landscape on March 23 - 25, 2018 as sand and dust from desert storms in northern Africa caused snow to turn orange. According to...

March 26, 2018

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Massive sandstorm sweeps through Khartoum, Sudan

A massive sandstorm swept through the Sudanese capital Khartoum on June 1, 2017, turning day into night and burying several homes. The storm has brought vast amounts of sand and dust into the city, burying several homes and severely limiting visibility, CGTN...

June 02, 2017