One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A strong wind carrying clouds of sand with it, especially in a desert.
- ‘During sandstorms, sand is sucked into engines, where it wreaks havoc on moving parts, adding years of wear and tear in mere months.’
- ‘The most likely date was thought to be next Tuesday or Wednesday when the phases of the moon would help the airforce and soldiers carry out their attacks and the worst of the sandstorms - the desert storms - were over.’
- ‘Knowing we were near the field, they urged us to return as expediently possible, since a strong sandstorm was approaching.’
- ‘A severe sandstorm driven by strong northerly winds made conditions for the British soldiers in Kuwait truly appalling on the eve of battle.’
- ‘Traders were settled in the valley formed by this hill and the northeastern slope of the fort, sheltered equally from the summer sandstorms and icy winter winds.’
- ‘Every breath she took seemed as loud as the thundering wind of a sandstorm in the great Western Desert.’
- ‘Moreover, because a camel's third eyelid allows the animal to see while protecting its eyes from desert sandstorms, camels could find their way even in the Northwest's equally blinding snowstorms.’
- ‘The storms around Cartland were particularly vicious, creating huge sandstorms in the desert around them and tearing down unprotected and poorly built houses.’
- ‘Conditions were variable, to say the least - on one day, 40-knot winds brought rain and electrical storms, and a sandstorm lasted all day.’
- ‘It's believed 75% of Petra lies under debris from sandstorms and flash floods.’
- ‘The beginning of summer is often heralded by violent sandstorms and scorching winds.’
- ‘The weather had been particularly awful that summer, inclement to the extreme, and yet, every day we had been determined to brave the driving sandstorms, torrential downpours and icy surf.’
- ‘Winter winds picked up quickly in the desert causing violent sandstorms every which way.’
- ‘Perhaps ongoing sandstorms in the desert will provide time to reinforce overstretched supply lines (although they are also doing tremendous damage to the equipment of the coalition forces).’
- ‘Strong winds blow a sandstorm through the camp when suddenly the sound of large artillery rounds is heard about 300 meters away.’
- ‘While the forces sweat and toil in the heat and sandstorms of the desert, it is good for them to know things back home are going well.’
- ‘Fast, wind-blown sand produced in sandstorms can be extremely painful on bare skin, which is one reason why airmen must be fully clothed at all times.’
- ‘The heavy sandstorm and strong winds that engulfed Baghdad on Tuesday ebbed a little in the early morning but resumed by noon, blowing as hard as they had a day earlier.’
- ‘In Minquin province they live with violent sandstorms, drought and a desert encroaching at five to ten meters a year.’
- ‘Dust whipped up from vehicular traffic is comparable to a desert sandstorm.’
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