Winter not over yet, Dubai skies to witness rain on Sunday

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The winter season is not quite over in the UAE. Not yet. According to the National Center of Meteorology, Dubai will be expecting a wave of rain and sandstorms Saturday to Monday. Thunderstorms are on the agenda for Sunday morning and afternoon, accompanied by a cloudy sky throughout the day. Whether your rain boots are getting another day of splashing fun is uncertain. Light rain is mostly expected. While temperatures continue to hover near 30s during the day, they will be taking a dip tomorrow ...

WATCH: From 30,000 feet, waves forming into giant sandstorm in Saudi desert

Saturday, 17 February 2018

From the cockpit of his plane which was flying at 30,000 feet on Wednesday, pilot Fahad al-Mughira documented a sandstorm that hit Wadi al-Dawasir. “I picked up the scene from my plane on board the Airbus A330 on Wednesday afternoon, and we were heading south on a regular flight which we thought was a casual cloud at first, but after checking it turned out to be a giant sandstorm. Then I informed the responsible air authorities in the Wadi Al-Dawasar area,” al-Mughira told the Saudi ...

WATCH: Severe sandstorm hits Saudi capital and forces school closures

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The sandstorm which hit Riyadh on Tuesday night has severely decreased visibility on Wednesday morning forcing many schools as well as Al-Imam University to suspend classes. According to the meteorology authority, visibility will remain low until 6 p.m. local time and temperatures will decrease across the kingdom. The Saudi Civil Defense Forces called on citizens to abide by safety precautions, such as staying home, keeping away from places with zinc and iron ceilings and not walking or ...

VIDEO: Dense fog causes dozens of cars to pile up on Abu Dhabi highway

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Dense fog has caused a car pileup in Abu Dhabi, involving between 40 and 70 cars, according to local media reports. A video circulating on social media showed drivers getting out of their cars and running away from a speeding truck that rammed into the vehicles in dense fog on Tuesday morning. Al Arabiya English could not the verify the authenticity of the video. According to Al Khaleej Online The pileup reportedly occurred on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway, although there were other reports ...

Record absence of sunshine in central Europe

Saturday, 20 January 2018

In recent weeks, Belgium has experienced a record absence of sunshine. A lack of light that can sometimes affect morale, and even cause a depressive state. December was Belgium's darkest month since 1934. The country's meteorological institute says there was barely more than 10 hours of sunshine during the whole month. The lack of light is hard for some to bear. A psychiatrist says it can even help cause depression. December was also unusually wet, with twenty-six days of rain. While ...

Is this the lowest recorded temperature this year?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

A Russian amateur meteorologist’s roaming commentary on plummeting temperatures has elicited widespread interest as well as raised doubts on social media. Kirill Bakanov posts on twitter every few days with screenshots of the temperature record and showing the coldest days that he comes across.   On his twitter handle @weathersarov one can see  LED screens showing the temperature records from different countries around the world. Between the months of November 2017 and January ...

Study: Quarter of Earth’s land will become significantly drier

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

More than a quarter of Earth’s land surface will become “significantly” drier even if humanity manages to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, the goal espoused in the Paris Agreement, scientists said on Monday. But if we contain average warming to 1.5 C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), this will be limited to about a tenth -- sparing two-thirds of the land projected to parch under 2 C, they concluded in a study published in Nature Climate Change. At 1.5 C, parts of southern ...

Dense fog disrupts UAE flights ahead of Christmas

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Thick fog on Sunday disrupted flights at major airports in the United Arab Emirates as thousands of foreign residents rushed to travel home for Christmas and the New Year. Dozens of flights were cancelled, diverted or delayed at the three main airports in the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. At the Dubai airport, one of the busiest in the world, at least 17 flights were cancelled, as visibility dropped to just 100 meters in some areas of the emirate. At least another 100 incoming ...

Snow shuts runways, disrupts flights across UK

Monday, 11 December 2017

The heaviest snowfall to hit Britain in four years caused widespread disruption on Sunday, with roads becoming hazardous and flights grounded following runway closures.Birmingham Airport, serving the country’s second biggest city, suspended flights for all of Sunday morning, as staff worked to clear the runway amid heavy snow.A spokeswoman told AFP they expected it to reopen early afternoon.The airport, which typically handles around 30,000 passengers and 200 flights a day in December, ...

IN PICTURES: Hurricane Harvey slams into Texas

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Hurricane Harvey smashed into Texas late Friday, lashing a wide swath of the Gulf Coast with strong winds and torrential rain from the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade.The National Hurricane Center said the eye of the Category 4 hurricane made landfall about 10 p.m. about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Corpus Christi, bringing with it 130 mph (209 kph) sustained winds and flooding rains.Harvey's approach sent tens of thousands of residents fleeing the Gulf Coast, ...

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