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Eerie photos show a massive Saharan sand storm blanketing the Canary Islands in orange dust


Added 02-25-20 12:14:02am EST - “A sand storm visible from space blanketed the Canary Islands and caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled. Here's what the haze looked like.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Eerie photos show a massive Saharan sand storm blanketing the Canary Islands in orange dust”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Over the weekend, 75 mph winds blew a sandstorm from the Saharan desert across the Atlantic Ocean onto the Canary Islands.

The phenomena is called a "calima," and it's not the first time it's happened. But on Spanish national television, regional president Angel Victor Torres said it was the worst sand storm he had seen in 40 years. He called it a "nightmare weekend."

Along with disrupting hundreds of flights, the high winds also made wildfires in the region worse. On Gran Canaria, one of the islands, local reports said the air quality was the worst in the world.

One local, named Manuel Campos, told The New York Times, "I'm old enough to know all about the calima, but I don't recall it that strong. Everything just turned red."

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