31 Jul '18, 10pm

Sandy Shamal Season

While people living on the Arabian Peninsula have long monitored the shamal and even oriented ancient cities to the northwest to maximize how much the winds ventilated buildings, modern-day scientists are still working to define and quantify it from a statistical perspective. One recent study reported that summer shamal winds usually begin on May 30, subside by August 16, and reach peak speeds each day around noon. Wind speeds in excess of 11 meters per second (24 miles) per hour are required to lift enough dust to reduce visibility below 3.5 kilometers (2 miles), the typical threshold for a dust storm.

Full article: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92522/sandy-sham...

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