Dust storms

Phoenix dust storm of August 21, 2016 - Views from below, inside, and above

A big dust storm covered the Phoenix, Arizona area on Sunday evening, August 21, 2016. The storm rolled over central Phoenix and east Valley cities of Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert and Apache Junction and nearby sections of Interstate 10. Andrew Deemer, a...

August 23, 2016

Slow-moving low floods the US Gulf Coast, Javier to enhance monsoon in Desert Southwest

An intense low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere in combination with abundant amounts of tropical moisture have brought heavy rainstorms to portions of the US Gulf Coast, from Florida to southeast Louisiana over the last couple of days. Ex-tropical...

August 10, 2016

Significant increase in frequency and intensity of sandstorms in the Middle East over the past 15 years

A significant increase in frequency and the intensity of sand and dust storms has been observed in the Middle East over the past 15 years. Although the Middle East has been the worst hit, with Iran and Kuwait the most affected, meteorologists say they are now also...

June 17, 2016

Inside intriguing dust storm over Dori, Burkina Faso

Serge Bayala of the ACMAD-MESA Climate Services recorded this massive dust storm on May 23, 2016, at the periphery of a migrating low pressure cell arriving at Dori, the capital of Sahel Region, Burkina Faso. The video starts as Bayala and Diasso Ulrich approach the...

June 14, 2016

Deadly dust storm plunges Kanpur into darkness, India

A massive dust storm followed by heavy rains that lasted for nearly two hours wreaked havoc in the industrial city of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India on Monday, May 23, 2016, The Times of India reports. Across the state, the storm claimed at least five lives, uprooted...

May 24, 2016

100-meter-high walls of sand sweep across Kashgar, China

Massive sandstorms have hit Tumxuk City and Minfeng County in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since Monday, May 16, 2016. With walls of packed sands falling over on people and buildings from as high as 100 meters (328 feet), visibility was...

May 18, 2016

Daylong dust storm closes freeway on Arizona-New Mexico border 4th time since late April

For the fourth time since late April 2016, a dust storm has closed a 62-mile stretch (101 km) of a major freeway on both sides of the Arizona-New Mexico border. The latest closure happened on Friday, May 6, after weather front that produced thunderstorms and strong...

May 07, 2016

Over 40 killed in Saudi Arabia, Yemen floods

Over 40 people have been killed after heavy rains caused severe flooding in Saudi Arabia and Yemen this week. According to the General Directorate of Saudi Civil Defence, rains and flooding claimed lives of 18 people throughout Saudi Arabia and more than 900 had to...

April 14, 2016

160-km wide dust storm blankets Texas Panhandle, US

Strong winds associated with a cold front picked up dust and debris and created a heavy, 160-km (100 miles) wide dust storm that blanketed much of Texas Panhandle late April 5/April 6, 2016. NWS Amarillo forecaster Nicholas Fenner said the storm threw dust about 610...

April 06, 2016

Blinding dust storm sweeps through San Bernardino causing large traffic collision, California

A blinding dust storm has swept through San Bernardino County, California on March 28, 2016, causing a large traffic collision and leaving 28 people injured, including 1 in critical condition. According to San Bernardino County Fire Department, the collision...

March 29, 2016

Massive dust storm sweeps through Kathmandu, Nepal

A massive dust storm engulfed Kathmandu, Nepal for 45 minutes on March 28, 2016, injuring, at least, a half a dozen people and causing traffic chaos. For the past one week, Kathmandu and many other parts of the country have been shrouded in a blanket of haze, with...

March 28, 2016

Heavy dust storm sweeps through South Australia's Barossa Valley

Strong winds whipped up a massive dust storm through South Australia's Barossa Valley on March 17, 2016, from the site of Pinery bushfire where two lives have been lost in November 2015. The storm caused a car crash involving five vehicles on the Horrocks...

March 17, 2016

Sandstorm, heavy rain hit Cairo, Egypt

After days of unseasonably hot temperatures, Cairo and other Egyptian governorates were hit by a sudden sandstorm and heavy rain on the evening of March 13, 2016. Egypt's meteorological authority (EMA) said Monday's temperature will witness a drop...

March 14, 2016

Large dust storm and strong winds sweep Delhi, India

A massive dust storm accompanied by strong winds lashed Delhi, India on March 12, 2016. According to media reports, the storm led to trees falling in some areas, power cuts and traffic disruption in several parts of west and south Delhi. The storm came after...

March 13, 2016

Dust storm wraps Melbourne causing major power outages, Australia

An intense thunderstorm accompanied with strong winds and dust passed through Melbourne on January 13, 2016. The storm covered the city in a cloud of dust which lasted about 10 to 20 minutes, reducing visibility in the area. Power outages and damaged buildings have...

January 14, 2016

Large dust storm clouds Phoenix, Arizona

A large dust storm swept the US Arizona's capital of Phoenix on October 16, 2015, media reports. The cloud system was hovering about 1 500 m (4 921 feet) above the ground, packing winds of 100 km/h (62 mph) and was followed by a strong thunderstorm. Video...

October 18, 2015

Middle East dust storms more common in recent years, news media suggests

A storm with characteristics of both the 'shamal' - long lived and wide reaching dust storm - and 'haboob' - storm fronts that appear as walls of sand and dust - moved across Iraq, Iran and the Persian Gulf region in early September 2015. The storm

September 04, 2015