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dust storm

[′dəst ‚stȯrm]
(meteorology)
A strong, turbulent wind carrying large clouds of dust.

Dust Storm

 

a strong wind capable of transporting millions of tons of dust over distances of several thousand kilometers. Dust storms usually develop during warm periods of the year in deserts, semideserts, and arable plains when the soil is dry and vegetation is either weakly developed or absent. They occur in such countries as the USA, China, Egypt, and the USSR (in the southern Ukraine, Northern Caucasus, and the plains regions of Kazakhstan and Middle Asia). Particularly violent dust storms arise when land is inefficiently plowed. Dust storms cause enormous losses to agriculture by covering up young crops and destroying the soil’s surface layer over considerable areas. They also leave drifts on railroad tracks. Dust storms may be somewhat controlled by employing agrotechnical measures, for example, by planting shelterbelts and by retaining water and snow.

dust storm

A weather condition in which strong winds and dust-filled air cover a wide area.
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The official said the weather system is extended to the upper areas of Sindh including Sukkur and Larkana which would cause rain and dust-storm while rain is also likely in southern and central Punjab during evening time with gusty winds.
However, rain and thunderstorm with dust-storm is likely at isolated places of upper Punjab and KP.
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However,rain-thundershower with dust-storm occurred at isolated places in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, and Sargodha divisions during last 24 hours.
LAHORE -- Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Punjab has advised the farmers to preserve harvested wheat and threshed straw as shower associated with dust-storms may occur in most parts of the province during the current week.
In an attempt to save the commodity from the rains and dust-storms, the department has asked farmers to use plastic sheets to cover the harvested crop.
Under the influence of this system rain-thundershowers associated with dust-storms are forecast in Islamabad, Punjab areas including Multan, D.