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Old July 31st, 2006, 07:50 PM   #141
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wow i didnt know it rains so much in dubai?
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Old July 31st, 2006, 08:50 PM   #142
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It doesn't.
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Old August 1st, 2006, 04:44 AM   #143
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well it rains there more than alkhobar for suuuure
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Old August 1st, 2006, 12:16 PM   #144
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It's the first day after 2 months >> It's raining in Erding. Finally.
To hot for Germany. 38°C. Puhhhhhhhhhh
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 02:17 AM   #145
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Yes. It was in a tea cup.
Told you so!!!....
Nothing more than a storm in a teacup

MUSCAT — There will be no storm either today or tomorrow, the weatherman has stated. A local weather forecaster yesterday dismissed claims, made by an SMS, which has been doing the rounds of mobile phones yesterday, that a storm would break out in Muscat and Dubai tomorrow.

“That SMS is a hoax. There is no such thing,” a duty forecaster at the Seeb International Airport told the Times of Oman.

He said that today (Thursday) as well as tomorrow (Friday) would feature normal weather (conditions) and totally dismissed the “storm” claims.

“It might be cloudy tomorrow (Thursday) and there maybe slight rainfall, but there will not be any storm,” he said, agreeing with the Times that there was a need to not only dispute such claims but also alleviate the fears of the public.

The fake SMS, the origin of which no one is aware of, went on these lines: “Storm warning: expected to hit Dubai and Oman this Friday with winds exceeding 60mph and more is expected (sic).

“Expected to last more than 24 hours duration. Waves expected over six metres.” Those who got this message viewed it with certain dismay. They feared that anything untoward could happen during such storms. But, apparently this SMS has been floating around even some days or weeks back, many said.

“That time itself we had checked with the weathermen here and they have dismissed such claims,” a Kerala-based television media coordinator said.

“Such SMS are false and simply devised to disturb people. It simply whips up unnecessary fear in the public. We should campaign against such rumour-mongers,” he said, however noting that since there was a slight haze in Muscat since sometime, that appeared to provide the right fodder for the gristmill here.

“If you notice, this has been around and there has been slight drizzling in the last two days, so the SMS was timely, and because of the weather being what it is, people were more inclined to believe it.”

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), media reports had quoted similar hoax messages.

A well-known English daily in the UAE quoted a weatherman who simply dismissed such claims. But there the rumour stemmed from a hoax email, which warned of a heavy storm and advised residents to stay indoors.

The Gulf News said that the email originated from Qatar and was sent under the title of ‘urgent warning’.

But, the text message is apparently similar. The email also cautions that a weather system was “moving down the Gulf and winds could reach as much as 60mph (96.5kph), causing huge waves of more than five metres”.

Socially inclined members of the public yesterday bemoaned the acts of such mischief-makers and said that even if the SMS was a joke, “it was totally in bad taste”.
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Old September 6th, 2006, 05:38 AM   #146
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Rains and sandstorms lash UAE


A heavy sandstorm hit the UAE on Tuesday afternoon, causing hazardous driving conditions as visibility to plunge to as little as 50 metres.

Dubai: A heavy sandstorm hit the UAE on Tuesday afternoon, causing visibility to plunge to as little as 50 metres.

Driving conditions became hazardous when the wall of sand struck Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi and other parts of the country from about 3pm onwards.

Pedestrians struggled to cope with the harsh conditions when sand began blowing into their faces and eyes.

Forecasters said the storm was just the latest offbeat weather event after weeks of meteorological instability in the eastern parts of the UAE.

Winds blowing from the south east to the north west gusted at up to 40 knots, churning up sand and dust. The weather system that caused the winds was moving across the UAE from east to west.

The lowest visibility of 50 metres was recorded at the meteorological station at Minhad Military Airport between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Dr S.K. Gupta, duty forecaster at Dubai International Airport, said: "The storm was caused by winds coming down from thundery clouds a downdraft.

"It was quite a severe one because the winds were reaching high levels. Everybody was reporting 35 to 40 knots. Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah were all affected.

"This year, August and first week of September have been full of activity [in the eastern areas] we've never had this type of thing day after day before."

Gupta said there were daily reports of heavy cloud in eastern mountainous parts of the UAE, and on Tuesday those conditions reached the west coast.

Drivers said they were shocked by the speed with which the sandstorm descended and cut visibility.

Ammar Rashid, 37, a Pakistani, was one of many who saw conditions change suddenly when the storm reached Dubai.

"Everyone was really slowing down. We couldn't see the signboards it was really extreme and I was glad when I reached my destination as I didn't feel safe," he said.

As well as the sandstorms there were also unsettled conditions on the east coast, with meteorologists at Fujairah reporting thunderstorms.

The storms were accompanied by heavy rains, causing heavy water flow through wadis and farmland.


Pedestrians struggled to cope with the harsh conditions when sand began blowing into their faces and eyes.


Forecasters said the storm was just the latest offbeat weather event after weeks of meteorological instability in the eastern UAE.


Drivers said they were shocked by the speed with which the sandstorm descended and cut visibility on the roads
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Old September 6th, 2006, 03:50 PM   #147
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I was in Makkah in August and it rained!!! Apparently that's the first rain they have seen in 7 years!
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Old September 6th, 2006, 03:58 PM   #148
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That's weird, I didn't see the rain!
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Old September 6th, 2006, 04:20 PM   #149
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yes we had a little rain here but alot in the mountain and that was really fantastic..

u know we r desert sothat we r very happy even if it was a little..
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Old September 6th, 2006, 05:36 PM   #150
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Sept 5 - sandstorm at szr

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Old September 6th, 2006, 05:39 PM   #151
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I was in Makkah in August and it rained!!! Apparently that's the first rain they have seen in 7 years!
Wierd might have been 1st rain then seen in August in 7 Years as i was on Haj in Jan / Feb 2004 and It rained heavily for about 30 mins to an hour, just after Friday Prayers.

The Streets were flowing with water like rivers.
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Old September 6th, 2006, 05:43 PM   #152
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one thing I dont quite understand is why drivers in the UAE refuse to turn on their headlights during rain, sand storm or low visibility? It would prevent so many unncessary accidents... for example in this picture, it's shocking to see not a single car with its headlights on



Here in the US, it's a law to turn on headlights during rain, snow or any other situation that reduces visibility on the road... and it really helps!
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Old September 6th, 2006, 06:05 PM   #153
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Wierd might have been 1st rain then seen in August in 7 Years as i was on Haj in Jan / Feb 2004 and It rained heavily for about 30 mins to an hour, just after Friday Prayers.

The Streets were flowing with water like rivers.
Sorry, thx for the correction! I did mean to say in August... it's common to see some rainfall in Jan/Feb..but rain in August is a rarity.
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Old September 6th, 2006, 06:29 PM   #154
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Old September 6th, 2006, 07:31 PM   #155
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one thing I dont quite understand is why drivers in the UAE refuse to turn on their headlights during rain, sand storm or low visibility? It would prevent so many unncessary accidents... for example in this picture, it's shocking to see not a single car with its headlights on



Here in the US, it's a law to turn on headlights during rain, snow or any other situation that reduces visibility on the road... and it really helps!
They "don't need" to put on their head and/or fog lights; just the emergency flashing lights are "enough".
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Old September 6th, 2006, 07:57 PM   #156
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emergency flash lights actually make it worse as they are a distraction and people end up changing langes without being able to indicate. Turning on head lights under low visibility is a norm in many other countries besides the US and is an effective way since that is what the headlights are meant for... to mark the presence of a vehicle to the rest on the road and not just for the driver's convenience

Definition of "head light" from Wikipedia

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A headlamp is a lamp, usually attached to the front of a vehicle such as a car, with the purpose of illuminating the road ahead during periods of low visibility, such as night or precipitation.

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Old September 6th, 2006, 08:53 PM   #157
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Did I disputed what you said? I don't think so.

BTW It's sickening seeing so many "ghost riders" in Dubai streets, even in SZR.



(ghost rider = car driving at night with lights OFF)
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Old September 6th, 2006, 10:05 PM   #158
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Old September 6th, 2006, 10:33 PM   #159
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havent they heard of water drainage systems, with a city like that i thought that would be on the agenda.
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Old September 6th, 2006, 10:49 PM   #160
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meh u can have some of our rain -__- it rained the whole month of august in holland :S
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