Crete as you have never seen
it before: Covered by Sahara sand
Today, April 17, 2005, the people of Crete but also Rhodes, Peloponnese
and Athens experienced a rare meteorological phenomenon. The strong
south winds of the last couple of days, combined with a sand storm
in the Sahara desert in Africa, carried a lot of sand and a reddish
cloud covered the southern part of Greece.
The air was full of this Sahara dust and it looked like a yellowish-reddish
fog covered everything. The airports of Chania, Heraklion and Rhodes
were closed since noon today because of the very low visibility.
It is not rare in the winter months that strong south winds bring
the Sahara sand with them. If it rains during these days, then it
is like thin mud falling from the sky. The owners of cars suffer
these moments, as their cars need urgently washing afterwards.
However, this time the phenomenon was more intense and the fog that
covered Crete was extremely unusual. Images speak for themselves,
so take a look at the following photos from the area of Heraklion
The phenomenon started in the morning today, but soon it became
a lot more intense: strong south winds and a yellowish fog spreading
all over Crete.
The fortress of Koules in Heraklion is barely visible
in Crete, weather conditions in Crete month