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Dust Storm Continues, While United Arab Emirates Deal with Flooding

March 26th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms, Floods

Dust storm over Arabian Peninsula - March 25th, 2009

Dust storm over Arabian Peninsula - March 25th, 2009

Airborne dust particles continue to blow over the Persian Gulf, part of a sand storm that has been affecting the Arabian Peninsula over the last few days.

Here, sands can be seen moving over Saudi Arabia (bottom left) into the Persian Gulf and Iran (top). In the full image, the Gulf of Aden and the coast of Yemen (lower left) are clear, while some streaks of sand can be seen off the southern coast of Oman (lower right).

The United Arab Emirates, on the other hand, are obscured by clouds. A few days ago, the country received strong south-easterly winds which brought thunderstorms, lightning and rain. This has caused an increase in humidity, which is between 80 and 85 percent.

The Dubai Meteorological Office noted that such stormy weather is typical in the UAE in March and April. This is because hot temperatures heat up the moist air, giving it a lower density and causing it to rise into the upper cool air. The moisture condenses and forms Cumulonimbus clouds that support lightning and thunder.

The Emirates News Agency reported that in some places, such as Fujairah and valleys in the Sharam area, heavy rains caused flooding, damaged houses and cut off roads.

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