Spate of huge dust storms hits globe; no ready explanation

Spate of huge dust storms hits globe; no ready explanation

This year has seen a rash of massive dust storms around the world that have led to travel chaos and blocked out sunlight – but experts cannot pinpoint the reason behind the spate.

This week incredible footage showed the moment an unusual ‘apocalyptic’ dust storm, known in Arabic as a haboob, struck Belarus, turning day to night, and China has suffered four massive sandstorms since the start of the year. …

Earlier this month Britain was shrouded in a cloud of Saharan dust, known as ‘blood rain,’ as the temperatures soared. …

[I]ncredible pictures also taken at the beginning of April showed the moment ferocious red sandstorms devoured a city in China’s north west. …

In December a small town in Queensland, Australia, experienced a dust storm that residents said was unprecedented in magnitude. …

The Middle East has also experienced several huge sandstorms this year.

This week Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran experienced severe dust storms and last week the Arabian Peninsula was hit by a sandstorm the size of the U.S.

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