A dust storm hits Mongolia; Forecast of strong winds and heavy snowfall in the coming days
A dust storm hit the central province of Tuv in Mongolia on Thursday March 3.
The Mongolian traffic police department said it caused poor visibility on the roads and urged motorists to take precautions for potential accidents.
Dust Storm Weather Forecast
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Mongolia’s National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring (NEMHEM) released a weather forecast that heavy snowfall, high winds and yellow dust storms are expected to occur in central regions, from eastern and southern Mongolia in the coming days, as quoted by Xinhua News.
The Chinese news agency also cited the observation of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, saying that dust storms, strong winds and snowstorms were recurrent in the spring.
The government body also attributed the frequency of dust storms to climate change.
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The March 2021 Dust Storm
Thursday’s natural phenomenon came a year after the worst dust storm was recorded in Mongolia, China and surrounding East Asian countries in the past decade.
In March 2021, several dust storms occurred during the region’s spring season.
In Mongolia, a dozen people, including nomadic herders, were reportedly killed.
Last year’s spring dust storm in the region also led to the death of thousands of cattle due to high winds and severe weather in the country.
The dust storm has been dormant in the area for many years, according to Mirage News. As a result, a group of researchers was led by Professor Yang Xiaoping from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China to study the dust storm, including the desert system and its environmental implications.
The research group has published its work in the journal Scientific bulletin in January of this year.
The study explored the dust cycle and recognized its importance on the planet.
However, the researchers said dust storms had serious environmental impacts around the world, especially in East Asia.
Researchers took samples from the large-scale dust storm that occurred on March 15-16, 2021.
The collection aimed to determine the natural behavior and track of the dust storm that could be used to predict related weather storms in the future.
Using geochemical analysis and remote sensing, the team concluded that the March 2021 dust storm was the worst dust storm in China in the past decade, and that it originated in the western Taklamakan Desert located in Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
Dormant for several years, the emergence of the ongoing dust storm in Mongolia and last year’s storm was likely a manifestation of climate change and global warming.
In recent years, various researches have revealed that global sea levels continue to rise due to warming temperatures.
Countries around the world are also challenged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, as this contributes to and accelerates the greenhouse effect, a natural process that traps gases in the atmosphere, causing the absorption of l solar energy from the Earth’s surface.
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