dust storm

noun

Definition of dust storm 

1 : a dust-laden whirlwind that moves across an arid region and is usually associated with hot dry air and marked by high electrical tension

2 : strong winds bearing clouds of dust

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For a rover that survives entirely on solar power, a dust storm like this could be a death sentence. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mars Dust Storm Goes Global, Covers Curiosity Rover," 21 June 2018 Will Flannigan, The Republic | azcentral.com The National Weather Service was tracking another dust storm moving north through Pinal County toward Phoenix late Tuesday afternoon. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Dust storm moving through Pinal County toward Phoenix area," 10 July 2018 In other space news, NASA announced that a giant dust storm has enveloped the entire planet of Mars. USA TODAY, "Does Melania Trump really care about the children? Her jacket says no.," 21 June 2018 Against all odds, NASA's Opportunity rover has continued to transmit information back to Earth through a powerful dust storm. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Opportunity Rover Is Heroically Riding Out an Enormous Martian Storm," 11 June 2018 Amid repair and relief work by authorities, India's meteorological department warns another powerful dust storm would sweep parts of the two states this weekend. Fox News, "Indian workers repair damage after deadly dust storm," 5 May 2018 The planet has not seen a dust storm of this size since 2007. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Giant mountain on Mars rises above massive dust storm," 5 July 2018 So, when the extended dry spell hit, soil became loose and was swept away by intense dust storms that blotted out the sun. Emily Hopkins, Cincinnati.com, "Your produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers might change that," 4 July 2018 Near the beginning of the month of June, NASA’s Opportunity rover, along with multiple satellites in orbit of the planet, detected a dust storm growing in intensity. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mars Dust Storm Goes Global, Covers Curiosity Rover," 21 June 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dust storm

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English Language Learners Definition of dust storm

: a very strong wind that carries clouds of dust across a large area

dust storm

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Kids Definition of dust storm

: a very strong wind carrying dust across a dry region

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