Massive Dust Storm Strikes Middle-East

Courtesy of NASA

Massive Mid-East Dust Storm as Seen from Space (NASA)

Massive Dust Storm Strikes Middle-East

An unseasonably powerful dust storm swept across the Middle-East, covering Beirut and Damascus while killing at least two and hospitalizing hundreds in Lebanon; all resulting in the halting of airstrikes in neighboring Syria.

People across the region have posted stunning pictures online of huge clouds of dust along with apocalyptic anecdotes, cries of alleged weather manipulation can be heard throughout social media.  The deadly sandstorm is so large it can be seen from space, as captured by NASA’s Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard the Aqua satellite.  The image shows raging dust and sand, which caused breathing problems, reduced visibility, and even forced school closures in parts of Lebanon, Syria, Cyprus, Israel and Iraq.

“It is unbelievable.  This must be some test.” said Mansour, a Damascus resident.  “It’s hot.  Temperatures are high and above that we have this dusty weather!  It is something beyond reasonable.  Enough please!”

Just an aside, earlier this year due to a mixture of extreme heat and high humidity several cities along the Persian Gulf were struck by “feels like” temperatures in the high 150’s.

Courtesy of Twitter (@CaptainCrikey)

Courtesy of Twitter (@CaptainCrikey)

According to Lebanon’s state news agency, more than 80 people have been hospitalized due to respiratory issues, while Syria’s state-run news agency SANA reported that 3 people in the central Hama province had died in the sandstorm, adding that there were, “over 3580 cases of asphyxia, dyspnea, breathlessness and asthma that were reported by directors of health departments in several provinces.”

Meanwhile, in Jordan, schools were either shut down or sent children home early, AP reported, and aircraft in Cyprus had to be diverted to Pathos from Larnaca’s airport after visibility dropped to 500 meters.  While Israel has experienced a number of sand storms in the past, they usually originate from the Sinai and Sahara desert to the south and were accompanied by winter windstorms.  In this case, the storm came from Syria and Iraq from the north and east.  Yet another strange turn of events in an unusually interesting storm season.

What are your thoughts? Is this just another notch in the old climate change belt?  Is this a result of alleged weather manipulation either by mankind, or even extraterrestrial forces? Join in the conversation: comment, share on Facebook, and hit us up on Twitter with the hashtag #DMTalk.

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  1. September 9, 2015

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