Dust storm warning

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A Dust storm warning is issued by the National Weather Service of the United States when blowing dust is expected to reduce visibility frequently to 14 mile (400 m) or less, generally with winds of 25 miles per hour (40 km/h) or more.[1]

Example[edit]

The following is an example Dust storm warning issued by the National Weather Service in Tucson Arizona.[2]

WWUS75 KTWC
 042344 NPWTWC

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TUCSON AZ 444 PM MST MON JUL 4 2011
AZZ502-504>506-050745- /O.NEW.KTWC.DS.W.0003.110706T2300Z-110707T0100Z/
TOHONO O'ODHAM NATION-TUCSON METRO AREA-
SOUTH CENTRAL PINAL COUNTY-SOUTHEAST PINAL COUNTY- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MARANA...PICACHO PEAK 
STATE PARK 444 PM MST MON JUL 4 2011

...DUST STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM TO 6 PM MST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TUCSON HAS ISSUED A DUST STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
 4 PM TO 6 PM MST WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING...STRONG OUTFLOW WINDS FROM THUNDERSTORMS MOVING THROUGH EASTERN PIMA COUNTY WILL 
CONTINUE WEST INTO THE TOHONO OODHAM NATION AND NORTHWEST THROUGH PINAL COUNTY.

* WINDS...EAST GUSTS OF 30 TO 50 MPH.

* VISIBILITY...WILL BRIEFLY BE DOWN TO LESS THAN ONE-QUARTER OF A MILE.

* IMPACTS...MOTORISTS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO QUICKLY CHANGING CONDITIONS IN BLOWING DUST.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A DUST STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERELY LIMITED VISIBILITIES ARE EXPECTED WITH BLOWING DUST. 
BLOWING DUST CAN QUICKLY REDUCE VISIBILITY...CAUSING ACCIDENTS THAT MAY INVOLVE CHAIN 
COLLISIONS AND MULTIPLE PILEUPS. IF DENSE DUST IS OBSERVED BLOWING ACROSS OR APPROACHING
A ROADWAY...PULL YOUR VEHICLE OFF THE PAVEMENT AS FAR AS POSSIBLE TO STOP. TURN OFF THE 
LIGHTS...SET THE EMERGENCY BRAKE...AND TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF OF THE BRAKE PEDAL TO ENSURE 
BRAKE LIGHTS ARE NOT ILLUMINATED.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...COMMERCIAL RADIO OR TELEVISION STATIONS...OR YOUR 
CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS CONCERNING THIS DUST STORM.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Weather Service. "Dust Storm definition". National Weather Service. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ National weather service. "Dust Storm example". National Weather Service. Retrieved February 6, 2013.