Sandstorms occur in sandy areas, usually in deserts. They happen when high wind speeds lift the top layer of sand from the ground. Wind speeds can reach at least 25 miles per hour and the storm can be up to 100 kilometers wide and several kilometers high.
Sandstorms are often produced by thunderstorms. A good ingredient for a sandstorm is strong wind speeds of at least 25Mph.
They occur in dry regions and pull dust from the ground up into the air. They are common in flat areas that have very few plants and trees.
They can happen really fast as wind speed pickup and start to blow the sand.
Most sandstorms happen in regions that are hot and dry.
One area that experiences sandstorms is the Sahara Desert.
The Sahara Desert is covered in sand and they often times have sandstorms that blow all over the area.
Other areas that are dry and flat have sandstorms.
Places in the United States such as Oklahoma and Kansas are known for having sandstorms. Many of the places that experience sandstorms are farm areas.
The reason that this happens on-farm areas is that the area has more bare earth than other areas.
When the wind blows, it carries the sand with it and in open areas, this is often seen.
Sandstorms are dangerous because they can blow sand fast and can cause people to get sand in their eyes and it can cause areas around to have landslides because it blows the topsoil off the ground.
The topsoil helps to hold down trees and when the topsoil is gone, it can cause there to be massive landslides.
Sandstorms that are huge can cover people’s houses and cause them not to be able to get out of their homes.
These storms can also cause people to have respiratory problems from breathing too much sand.
Sandstorms can destroy crops quickly and cause crops to die or to not be able to grow.