Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sandstorm in China ends up in California as west coast wakes up to hazy skies clouded by sand from Gobi Desert 6,000 miles away

Dust from a major sandstorm in China has traveled more than 6,000 miles to cloud the skies of eastern California.

The bizarre environmental phenomenon became clear as residents near Owens Valley, 225 miles north of Los Angeles, reported unusually thick hazy skies starting March 22.

Many first presumed there was a large fire nearby, clogging the air with smoke, but it was actually millions of tiny particles of sand from the Gobi Desert - carried across the globe in a fast moving jet steam.