A wall of sand gathers on the horizon, swiftly gaining momentum and mass, devouring everything in its path. As it approaches, those in the know scramble to their homes for protection, others cover their heads and mouths, and wait for the tempest to subside. For several hours, yellow engulfs the city. Then suddenly, the impetuous force behind this meteorological phenomenon calms. The mile-high cloud of dust once again settles on the land, back where it belongs.
The following are some of the most amazing images of it captured on camera.
Image: Yontan Zur
1. This photo was taken at 8,000ft while flying over the Negev Desert in southern Israel. The sandstorm was moving at an incredible 70km/hr and rose up to around 1km high. Not a welcoming sight if it was your first visit to the country, eh?
Image: John Coumerilh
2. This very cool photo captured a sandstorm gathering over Kansas. Maybe Dorothy and Toto will fall from the sky at any moment… or was that a hurricane?