Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sandstorms!

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On Wednesday, I awoke to the entire city covered in a strange, dull yellow glow. It was my first time experiencing a sandstorm in Cairo! According to TourEgypt, a phenomenon of Egypt's climate is the hot spring wind that blows across the country. The winds, known to Egyptians as the khamsin, usually arrive in April but occasionally occur in March and May. The winds form in small but vigorous low-pressure areas in the Isthmus of Suez and sweep across the northern coast of Africa. Unobstructed by geographical features, the winds reach high velocities and carry great quantities of sand and dust from the deserts. These sandstorms, often accompanied by winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour. I took  few pics around my neighborhood of the  afternoon sky. These pictures were taken at 3 p.m.:





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