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Strong winds blowing over loose soil or sand causes sandstorms. During a sandstorm, so much material is picked up by the winds that visibility is greatly reduced. Heating of the air over the desert causes instability in ... More »

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Sandstorms typically occur in deserts, where sand is abundant. They are caused when strong winds blow around loose sand in great quantities. Dust storms, which are similar to sandstorms, consist of soil and debris instea... More »

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If you get caught on foot in a sandstorm, put on a pair of goggles or sunglasses if available. It is impossible to navigate, so mark the direction in which you are traveling and lie down, preferably behind a rock or some... More »

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Other words for sandstorm include dust storm, sand spout and sand column. A sandstorm is defined as a windstorm or a strong wind, typically in a desert, that blows large clouds of sand or dust. More »

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Dust storms begin as winds lift small particles of dry, loose soil into the air. While larger particles often fall back to the ground quickly, smaller ones can stay aloft for days. These small particles often travel thou... More »

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Black Sunday is widely considered to be one of the worst sandstorms in history. It occurred on April 14th, 1935 during the American Dust Bowl and displaced more than 300,000 tons of soil from the prairies of the plains s... More »

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The dangers of tornadoes include flying debris that can destroy property and injure people, and violent winds that lift vehicles and rip off roofs. The primary danger of tornadoes is the flying debris, as this often dest... More »

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