Sandstorms come to pass in Egypt, but they’re not exactly a common occurrence. In fact, in Cairo, one will often forget that outside the city lie hundreds of kilometers of desert in every direction. When the wind picks up, the sand blows over and leaves everything covered in yellowish soot.
Are Sandstorms common in Cairo during the spring months?
However, the years I have spent in Cairo around the spring months, I have never been too bothered by sandstorms. Yes, I have experienced them every year I have been in Egypt during those months, but never for more than a couple of hours/half a day.
Another common query is “Do sandstorms happen more often in the summer?”.
One source stated that yes during the transition periods between Summer and Winter (not much of Spring or Autumn really), they are more often. Let’s say, in the transition month from winter to summer as in this month (April or May). The ones people think are sandstorms are usually strong winds with a little sand blowing around reducing visibility.
Where can you find sandstorms in the Middle East?
The more extreme sandstorms are usually seen elsewhere in the region in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq as they often experience strong north-westerly winds. Pedestrians cross amid a sandstorm at Al Hamra Village, Ras Al Khaimah.
Another thing we wanted the answer to was: does the UAE have sandstorms like the one in Ghost Protocol?
One source claimed that the UAE’s sandstorms are rarely as visually dramatic as they one in Dubai in Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol.
What is the sandstorm rate in Dubai?
Dubai has a tropical desert climate. Summers are extremely hot and humid, with an average high around 41 °C and overnight lows around 30 °C. So, When it comes to sandstorm, I am living in Dubai from the last 2 years and i have witnessed the sandstorm for like 5–6 times only. So yea, its pretty low rate.
What are sandstorms and why do they happen?
They cause sudden temperature drops or increases, depending on the temperature of the wind. The most serious sandstorms happening during khamsin, a period during the spring, particularly in April, during which a hot and dry wind blows across the entire region.
Where do sandstorms occur in the US?
You’ll mostly find them in dry, hot desert regions. You can also find them in the US, especially in dry and flat regions like Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. They can occur is desert regions across the world.
Fact 7: Sandstorms do not also happen on Earth. It has also been reported that dust storms also occur on other planets like Mars. These storms are more extensive than the sandstorms which occur on Earth, some of which could encircle the whole planet.
This of course begs the question “What is a sandstorm and what causes it?”
A sandstorm refers to a high amount of wind occurring in sandy areas, usually in deserts, where the wind speed is able to lift the top layer of sand from the ground, and push it in every imaginable direction. What causes a sandstorm? Dust storms arise when a gust front or other strong wind blows loose sand and dirt from a dry surface.
The worst sandstorm in Egypt took place in 1997 when 12 people were killed, mostly due to the strong winds that knocked down trees and buildings. Sandstorms are not foreign to the North American continent, either. In 1935, Amarillo, Texas area experienced a devastating sandstorm that lasted for no less than 38 days.
This of course begs the query “How fast does a sandstorm travel?”
Wind speeds can reach at least 25 miles per hour and the storm can be up to 100 kilometers wide and several kilometers high. Most sandstorms happen in summer. They are also known as dust storms.
Is it safe to travel to Egypt during sand storms?
Sand storms are not that frequent to make you think not to come to Egypt, normally when it happen you hardly do not feel it so much, only rarely it can be so strong to prevent you from going out, every year it is just very few days to be during March and April, and normally it rain after then the weather is so clear again 4.