As I walked into my library this past Sunday, I noticed a peculiar glow faintly illuminating the room. It was quite eerie, sci-fi-ish if you will. The weirdness of the light coming in through the Venetian blinds more than sparked my curiosity.
I peeped out of the window and could hardly see a thing except for the building right next door. Did we just experience a sandstorm? I reckon so.
The skies towards the front of my building had a fogginess to them, while the skies towards the back of my building appeared a bit brighter and clearer albeit dusty. Odd huh? Maybe not.
According to Saudi Gazette and Arab News reports, the storm lasted about five hours. Visibility was reduced to several meters during its peak.
Did You Know? A sandstorm can move whole sand dunes!
Dust storms can carry large amounts of dust, so much so that the leading edge of one can appear as a solid wall of dust as much as 1.6 km (1 mile) high. Dust and sandstorms which come off the Sahara Desert are locally known as a simoom or simoon.
The Sahara’s boundaries are the Atlantic Ocean on the west, the Atlas Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea on the north, the Red Sea and Egypt on the east, and the Sudan and the valley of the Niger River on the south.
After the storm everything went back to normal. Swings creaking at the park, kids playing and cats meowing. Alhamdulillaah no major incidents were reported. Su’aad enjoyed a chocolatey crafty night at “Stationary Fantasy” (photos coming) while I picked up some groceries at Panda Supermarket – whom I must compliment for making seasoned fried crabs available to the public :) I am grateful.