THEMA: Sandsturm im Süden Namibias
26 Sep 2019 08:21 #568786
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Strange dust cloud envelopes Oranjemund

Niël Terblanché
WEATHER normally only seen over the parts of the Sahara Desert or in Australia was experienced by residents of the southernmost towns of Namibia when sand and dust “rained” from sky.
Mervin Westley, a resident of Oranjemund, said it was as if the sand rained down on on the town.
"It looked like we were in a cloud of mist and we could not see the sun. The strange thing about it was that there was no wind. The sand and dust just sifted from the sky and everything around us turned this strange orange colour,” he said.
According to Westley shortly after that the east wind started to blow which made the dense dust cloud disappear and caused the temperature climb to about 41 degrees Celsius.
Piet Swiegers, the owner of Klein Aus Vista near Aus, said the dust cloud enveloped the area around the small southern town as well.
“The visibility was very poor. We could not even see the nearby rocky outcrops which is only a few hundred metres away. My father, who has been living and farming in the area since the sixties said he has never seen such dense dust cloud in his life,” Swiegers said.
According to Swiegers the wind died down late in the afternoon and visibility returned to normal.
Chief weather forecaster of the Namibia Meteorological Service, Odillo Kgobetsi, said the dense dust and sand cloud experienced by the residents of the Deep South is a very rare occurrence.
“This kind of weather phenomenon is more common over parts of the Sahara Desert and very rarely occur over southern Africa,” he said.
Kgobetsi explained that the dust and sand is picked up by strong winds elsewhere over the interior of the southern part of Africa and carried high up into the sky. The sand and dust is then deposited as the initial strong wind loses its strength. He compared the phenomenon to a whirlwind but on much larger scale.
In the Sahara Desert dust or sand storms, known locally as simoom or haboob, can carry large amounts of dust, with the leading edge being composed of a wall of thick dust as much as 1.6 kilometres high.
According to Kgobetsi the east wind conditions is expected to continue for the next two days over parts of the coast south of Walvis Bay. He added that the east wind conditions are also expected to move to the central parts of the coast by Friday.

Pictured: Dust blown from the subcontinent as seen from space. The second satellite picture depicts a purple spot to the south west of Namibia. It is what the dense dust cloud looked like in a different light spectrum. The orange pictures was taken in Oranjemund and Alexander Bay by residents while sand and dust “rained” down on them. - Photos: Contributed
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26 Sep 2019 08:30 #568788
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Kein Foto?
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26 Sep 2019 08:34 #568791
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Hi Buma,

guck mal hier... :blink: boooaaaah ich bin ein bisschen aus der Übung und bekomm das nicht verlinkt - hahaha, geht doch :silly:

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26 Sep 2019 09:44 #568805
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In Noordoewer am Orange ist das gar nicht so selten. Ein Freund von mir wohnt dort und die hatten das in einer Woche 2x.
In Bloemfontain SA hatte ich letztes Jahr einen Staubsturm. Hat man von 100 km Entfernung gesehen und ich bin ca. 80 km darin gefahren. Sehr gespenstig, wenig Sauerstoff und schön heiss darin.
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