Most storms bring rain or snow, but how about sand? A sandstorm happens when great gusts of wind pick up sand and carry it for miles and miles. The clouds carrying the sand can be miles long. When the sandstorm hits, you’re engulfed in sand and debris. You can’t see anything and your eyes, mouth and nose are coated with sand.
Sandstorms are most common in dry, hot regions like the Sahara desert. They can happen in the United States, though, especially in dry, flat regions like Kansas and Oklahoma. Lots of people farm in these places so there is more bare earth to blow around.
Fun Facts about Sandstorms for Kids
- Sandstorms can destroy property and hurt people.
- Sandstorms lift the topsoil off the land. This topsoil is needed to grow crops.
- Sandstorms happen most often in the summer.
Learn More All About Sandstorms and What Causes Them
Watch this video to learn how to keep safe from sandstorms:
Question: What should I do in a sandstorm?
Answer: Sandstorms are slow moving so you might be able to outrun it in a car. Otherwise, go in a house and close all the windows and doors. Make sure you have water. Cover your eyes and nose with a mask or filter. If you’re outside, hide behind a rock.
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