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Dust and the Shamal Winds

Dust2Dust aerosols are one of the greatest sources of uncertainty in atmospheric modeling and solar energy forecasting.  Aerosols vary in time and space, and can lead to meso-scale variations in cloud cover, temperature, and ground-level radiation.  

In the GCC countries, dust storms are most evident during the change in seasons when the Shamal wind is at its strongest.  This was evidenced on the evening of October 29, when Doha experienced accelerated winds just prior to sunset, combined with limited visibility over a 2 hour period as shown in the picture below:

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