dust storm


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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Microorganisms on rovers or landers could eventually be dispersed across the planet by dust storms. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Atacama Desert offers clues about life on Mars," 22 Aug. 2019 And as increasingly rare patches of greenery, the trees and plant cover are an essential brake on deadly dust storms. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, "Iraq races to save last of Middle East's forests from burning," 22 July 2019 The pesky summertime dust storms that can darken the atmosphere for months on end can also be a concern. Fox News, "Red wine could help astronauts stay strong on Mars," 25 July 2019 There were 14 dust storms in 1932, another 38 the next year, a record 134 in 1937. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 Of Alexandra and Yongden hiding in a dust storm to slip past Lhasa’s army of guards. Sneaking into Potala Palace and pouring over holy manuscripts. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 These types of global dust storms kick up on Mars about every 10 years, though the exact cause remains a mystery. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly All the Dust on Mars Comes From One Rock Formation," 26 July 2018 Longer droughts, hotter heatwaves and more frequent dust storms will occur from Rabat to Tehran, according to Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. The Economist, "Climate change is making the Arab world more miserable," 31 May 2018 Years of climate change-fueled drought and a 240 percent increase in dust storms appear to have led to a swift rise in the number of people diagnosed with the illness across the Southwest. NBC News, "Potentially deadly valley fever is hitting California farmworkers hard, worrying researchers," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of dust storm

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dust storm

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

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Kids Definition of dust storm

: a very strong wind carrying dust across a dry region

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