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Sandstorm Due in 72 Hours

I’m not surprised – my niece, Little Diamond, is coming for a visit. Her arrival seems to invite sandstorms! We are just praying for her safe arrival BEFORE the sandstorm hits. For my friends in Iraq – this must seem endless. For my friends in Kuwait – I hope you get to dodge the bullet this time!

Sandstorm in 72 hours: Met
Web posted at: 7/14/2009 2:57:38
Source ::: The Peninsula
DOHA: A sandstorm is likely to hit Qatar in the next 72 hours, the meteorological office at the Civil Aviation Authority has announced.

During the sandstorm, the expected visibility will be around 2 to 5km and one kilometre or less in certain areas. Sea waves are expected to rise upto between 5 and 8 feet and even upto 10 feet in some areas.

The expected sandstorm will be blowing in from Iraq, and will reach the northern, eastern and central parts of the Arabian Peninsula, up to Iran.

The Saudi Meteorology and Environment Department, meanwhile, said the sandstorm would bring winds of medium to high velocity carrying with them around 2 billion tonnes of dust.

The below-average rainfall and inadequate water in the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in Iraq have contributed to the raging sandstorm.

The storm is so strong that it has stranded Admiral Mike Mullen, the US military’s senior commander, in the restive city of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, according to reports.

The weather department has advised people to exercise caution during the sandstorm, especially during the night and while driving. 

July 14, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, ExPat Life, Interconnected, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Qatar, Weather


  1. Looks like it’s coming to you by way of us…it’s been dusty here for the last 24hrs. I can’t see the marina at 212…gotta love it!


    From the Kuwait Meteorological web site ( it’s supposed to get worse through Fri and Sat.

    Raising dust
    ISSUED 14/07/2009 03:00 UTC

    The visibility will decrease during the next few hours down to below 1000 m due to raising dust and sand with noerth westerly fresh wind exceeds 50 km/h

    Comment by bitjockey | July 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. looool the gangplank’s railings were covered with dust, as I discovered only too late. I wondered whether there had been a recent storm!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | July 14, 2009 | Reply

  3. Great site, BitJockey, and thank you! 🙂

    LOL, Little Diamond, I think you bring the major sandstorms with you!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 15, 2009 | Reply

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