Joel F., Joey B., Elizabeth F., Joey A., Angelique A. Volney
(GRB Tyler Crandell)

April 13, 2011 Volney Elementary
dust storm texas 1935
dust storm texas 1935

Scientific Description
  • A sandstorm is a strong wind which carries sand through the air. Usually occurs in desert regions, often among dunes.
  • A dust devil is a small whirlwind of dust that form in dry places like deserts. They might look like tornadoes, but dust devils are not formed by thunderstorms, and don't drop from the sky.

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In 2009, a dust storm swept across Australia from September 22 to 24. The dust originated from an area of Australia known as the 'Corner Country', a dry, remote region. An intense low-pressure area picked up the dust where winds strengthened to about 63 miles per hour collecting dust along the way as it moved eastward. The storm was over 310 miles wide and 620 miles long, covering dozens of towns and cities. It is estimated that the storm carried 16 million tons of dust from the deserts of Central Australia. The weather system affected significant urban cities such as Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland. The cloud was visible from space with the reddish tint giving an eerie Martian aspect. Dust from the storm traveled as far as New Zealand off the east coast of Australia.

Wordle: duststorm

  • Wordle: sand storm