Sand Storm Versus Blizzard–You Choose

These are not special effects. This is an actual sand storm happening in Saudi Arabia.
These are not special effects. This is an actual sand storm happening in Saudi Arabia.

There is no denying that the Northeast, and our area in particular, has gone through quite the stretch of horrendous winter weather where it seemed like a blizzard was getting dropped on the Tristate area every other day. But for all the perilous commutes to work, digging out of metric tons of snow and Arctic winds that seem to cut though those unlucky enough to be out braving the elements, would you rather have that or have to grapple with the effects of a sand storm. 

Predominantly occurring in the Middle East, these sand storms or haboobs, contribute to poor agricultural conditions, spread disease and are just all-around messy.

Photo courtesy of Long Island Weekly's Saudi Arabia satellite office.
Photo courtesy of Long Island Weekly’s Saudi Arabia satellite office.

 

According to Andrew Goudie, an Oxford University professor of geography, Saharan dust storms have increased approximately 10-fold during the half-century since the 1950s.

Tons of sediment wash over a city in Saudi Arabia during a recent sand storm.
Tons of sediment wash over a city in Saudi Arabia during a recent sand storm.

And if you ever saw the 2004 Viggo Mortensen film Hidalgo, the scene where he was in the middle of the Saharan Ocean of Fire long-distance horse race and a sand storm descended was pretty harrowing.

 

 

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Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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