After Drought, Sandstorms

This may not come as a great surprise to anyone who has had to put up with a rasping sore throat in Springtime, but sandstorms are now being predicted to follow  the drought that has stricken northern China’s wheat growing heartland. The forecast comes from Li Weijing, deputy director-general of the National Climate Center, in an interview with China Daily.

In normal years snow prevents sandstorms forming, but this year has seen little (despite the region just getting its first fall of the year). Li said he would also be watching closely for abnormally high wind speeds which would whip up sand into storms. I’d say it never rains, but it pours — were there any rain in the first place.

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