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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The Martian dust storm was first detected on May 30 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Tariq Malik, Space.com, "Epic Dust Storm on Mars Now Completely Covers the Red Planet," 21 June 2018 Khuzestan this year witnessed large-scale public protests against water scarcity following severe droughts and dust storms. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Iran Struggles With Unrest in Pivotal Oil Hub," 28 Sep. 2018 Mars is a tough place to be, global dust storm or not. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "An Unexpected Component Helped Curiosity Observe a Martian Dust Storm," 27 Sep. 2018 The planet-enveloping dust storm on Mars has settled enough for NASA to start a 45-day active-listening period in which the agency hopes to make contact with the rover Opportunity after three months of silence, NASA announced yesterday (Sept. 11). Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "NASA Starts 45-Day Clock to Contact Mars Rover Opportunity as Dust Storm Wanes," 12 Sep. 2018 The potential for flash floods, dust storms, and heavy thunder and lightning all are at play come the stormy weather. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "What to take away from Arizona's 2018 wildfire season so far," 13 June 2018 Drought had pushed farmers to abandon their crops, and dust storms, once rare, choked the air. The Economist, "Climate change is making the Arab world more miserable," 31 May 2018 At least 72 people have died after powerful rain and dust storms lashed parts of northern and western India on Wednesday night. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "Scores dead after powerful rain and dust storms lash parts of India," 3 May 2018 The dust storm grew quickly over the following days, as Curiosity's observations showed. Mike Wall, Space.com, "How the Curiosity Rover Detected a Monster Mars Dust Storm Will Surprise You," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dust storm

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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