A sandstorm refers to a high amount of wind occurring in sandy areas, usually in deserts, where the wind speed is able to lift the top layer of sand from the ground, and push it in every imaginable direction. The sand involved in the sandstorm can reach heights of approximately 10-50 feet (3.05-15.24m). Usually, the height of a sandstorm corresponds to wind strength. Dust particles associated with some sandstorms have been found at 5000 feet (1524 m), though these are more rare.
When deciding to move abroad, there are many details to consider. While handling each one as they come, I discovered my first major concern…sandstorms.
I thought it’s no different from dealing with all the crazy weather one expreiences living in Florida. But, this particular weather has raised a concern for me.
I AM ALLERGIC TO DUST!!!
Reading Bahraini news has become a morning ritual for me. A way to continue my excitement about the big move. At the beginning of April and this week again, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Bahraini local news have all shared images of the sandstorms dusting the country. (Pun intended!)
One sandstorm was as big as Saudi Arabia.
I look at this and all I can think is….achoooooooo! Or, my poor eyes.
Once I discovered this new “challenge” to overcome, I began to Google. There is always a danger in Googling because it can feed fears. All that came to mind were those gas masks used in WWII. Luckily for me, I didn’t let this get the best of me. I did some research and all is well. A simple dust mask or scarf will suffice. I also spoke with the eye doctor who gave me some advice.
So while I am worried, I am positive it will all be fine. Just a bump in the road. I am still excited about this whole new life. This will not deter me in any way.
I always wanted to be a ninja!!!!