Iraq Sandstorms Possible Next Week
LONDON (Reuters) - Weather experts forecast U.S.-led troops in Iraq could face
more sandstorms next week, with temperatures starting their climb toward unbearable
After swirling sandstorms struck southern Iraq during the past week, German
forecasters predicted more high winds in the coming week.
"In southern Iraq and in Kuwait there could again be sandstorms because
the wind will be strong," German independent weather service Wetter.com
The forecasters, using data from Germany's national forecasting service DWD,
said conditions would improve in Baghdad over the weekend, but next week would
Meteorologists in the United States said on Friday temperatures could soar to
an above-average 90 degrees Fahrenheit next Wednesday, overshadowing fears of
more storms which can reduce visibility to zero and damage high-tech military
"The next big story you are going to hear about is the warmth, it's going
to start getting very warm there by the middle part of next week," said
Bernie Rayno, a senior Meteorologist with Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather Inc.
"We are going to start hearing less and less about the sandstorms and more
and more about the intense heat."
Wetter.com predicted temperatures would reach 84 degrees Fahrenheit in Basra
on Wednesday and 80 degrees in Baghdad.
Earlier this week, a U.S. general in Qatar said high winds, sandstorms and thunderstorms
had had an impact on the battlefield in Iraq but the invasion of Iraq remained
AccuWeather's Rayno said sandstorms could die out as the Middle East's storm
season ends, but with that came the challenge of unpredictability.
Up to 30 sandstorms are expected in Iraq's January to March wet season every
year when storm systems bring not only rain but sustained high winds.
From April onwards storms became almost impossible to predict because high winds
could no longer be linked to patterns but to subtle pressure differences instead.