Saudi Arabia Hits 20-Year Record Low for Sandstorms Last Month

Rama Maad

The rate of dust and sand storms plummeted by 80% last month, marking the lowest May in 20 years according to the Sand and Dust Storm Warning Regional Center.

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This significant improvement is a breath of fresh air for residents, especially those in the central and eastern regions that experienced an impressive 80% drop. The Qassim and Northern Border regions did even better, boasting a complete absence of dust storms in May.

Regional breakdown shows a dramatic decrease

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Looking closer at the numbers, Riyadh witnessed a remarkable 95% decrease in dust storms, while Al-Ahsa saw an 86% decline. The most significant improvement occurred in Qassim and Arar, with a perfect 100% reduction. This dramatic drop across the country is a testament to the success of Saudi Arabia’s environmental initiatives.

Saudi’s environmental efforts drove positive change

Saudi Arabia Hits 20-Year Record Low for Sandstorms Last Month

Jamaan Al-Qahtani, a key figure at the Sand and Dust Storm Warning Regional Center, attributes this positive shift to the Kingdom’s dedication to environmental protection under Vision 2030. These ongoing efforts aim to not only reduce the frequency of dust storms but also minimize their impact and promote environmental sustainability for generations to come.

A global leader in dust storm monitoring

The Sand and Dust Storm Warning Regional Center, a branch of the National Center of Meteorology, deserves recognition for its role in this success story. This center, accredited by the World Meteorological Organization, stands as the fourth of its kind globally. They play a crucial role in monitoring dust storms across the region and conducting vital scientific research to further understand and combat these events.

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