Thousands of Hampshire cars have been coated in dust from the Sahara Desert

Martyn Sheridan, St Deny's resident in his dust covered car.

Martyn Sheridan, St Deny's resident in his dust covered car.

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DUST from the world's hottest desert has been deposited on thousands of cars in Hampshire.

Motorists in the county discovered the thin layer of dust on their cars after a freak weather phenomenon.

The dust was transported from the Saharan Desert in North Africa after a big storm.

Daily Echo:

The storm swept up sand and dust from the western Sahara into the atmosphere, and it then spread into the Atlantic before arriving in the UK overnight5.

The dust, which was caught in the rain droplets in clouds, fell the ground and a thin layer of it is left on surfaces when water evaporates.

People in Southampton, Fareham and other areas of Hampshire have all reported finding the dust on their cars.

And there could be more when they wake up tomorrow, with fresh showers set to arrive overnight.

Paul Hutcheon, Deputy Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “We usually see this happen several times a year, particularly in summer when you get these big dust storms in the western Sahara and the southerly winds to bring that dust here.

Daily Echo: Martyn Sheridan's dirty hand after lightly wiping it across his windscreen.

“This event was a very well-marked example, as you can clearly see the dust as it moves from the Sahara to the UK in the satellite imagery.”

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5:39pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Rhombus says...

Queue jokes about People 'desert'ing their cars today.
Queue jokes about People 'desert'ing their cars today. Rhombus
  • Score: -8

5:47pm Mon 31 Mar 14

sarfhamton says...

The car wash in Segensworth are doing a roaring trade on the back of this
The car wash in Segensworth are doing a roaring trade on the back of this sarfhamton
  • Score: -2

6:58pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Lazy says...

Its all over my car too .... i did wonder where the hell it come from
Its all over my car too .... i did wonder where the hell it come from Lazy
  • Score: 8

8:12pm Mon 31 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Had to clean the solar panels in the garden lights, what are those Solar Panels in the farms like?
Had to clean the solar panels in the garden lights, what are those Solar Panels in the farms like? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

9:08pm Mon 31 Mar 14

robj1969 says...

typical, cleaned my car for first time in 6 months yesterday..........
typical, cleaned my car for first time in 6 months yesterday.......... robj1969
  • Score: 16

9:53pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Turtlebay says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Had to clean the solar panels in the garden lights, what are those Solar Panels in the farms like?
Dusty?
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Had to clean the solar panels in the garden lights, what are those Solar Panels in the farms like?[/p][/quote]Dusty? Turtlebay
  • Score: 5

10:03pm Mon 31 Mar 14

solomum says...

Makes you realise how small the world really is when we get sand from the sahara.
Makes you realise how small the world really is when we get sand from the sahara. solomum
  • Score: 6

10:15pm Mon 31 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

We know a song about that, Dust a song at twilight....
We know a song about that, Dust a song at twilight.... OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

1:34am Tue 1 Apr 14

Dchadder says...

And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April?
And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April? Dchadder
  • Score: -12

9:00am Tue 1 Apr 14

Harrysdog says...

Dchadder wrote:
And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April?
Yeah, someone went around sprinkling dust on everyone's car over night, just for an elaborate April Fool.
[quote][p][bold]Dchadder[/bold] wrote: And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April?[/p][/quote]Yeah, someone went around sprinkling dust on everyone's car over night, just for an elaborate April Fool. Harrysdog
  • Score: 13

9:01am Tue 1 Apr 14

Harrysdog says...

Lazy wrote:
Its all over my car too .... i did wonder where the hell it come from
Did you read the story before posting?
[quote][p][bold]Lazy[/bold] wrote: Its all over my car too .... i did wonder where the hell it come from[/p][/quote]Did you read the story before posting? Harrysdog
  • Score: -8

9:37am Tue 1 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Dchadder wrote:
And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April?
You are correct, nothing to do with All Fools Day, is it your Birthday?
[quote][p][bold]Dchadder[/bold] wrote: And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April?[/p][/quote]You are correct, nothing to do with All Fools Day, is it your Birthday? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 5

9:51am Tue 1 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Dchadder wrote:
And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April?
Given that it was published yesterday, and the incident happened several days ago, coupled with the fact that it really has actually happened, I'd go with "no".
[quote][p][bold]Dchadder[/bold] wrote: And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April?[/p][/quote]Given that it was published yesterday, and the incident happened several days ago, coupled with the fact that it really has actually happened, I'd go with "no". Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 10

9:52am Tue 1 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Dchadder wrote:
And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April?
Given that it was published yesterday, and the incident happened several days ago, coupled with the fact that it really has actually happened, I'd go with "no".
[quote][p][bold]Dchadder[/bold] wrote: And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April?[/p][/quote]Given that it was published yesterday, and the incident happened several days ago, coupled with the fact that it really has actually happened, I'd go with "no". Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 4

10:54am Tue 1 Apr 14

camerajuan says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Dchadder wrote:
And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April?
Given that it was published yesterday, and the incident happened several days ago, coupled with the fact that it really has actually happened, I'd go with "no".
HAH! BURN!
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dchadder[/bold] wrote: And, of course, this story has NOTHING to do with 1st April?[/p][/quote]Given that it was published yesterday, and the incident happened several days ago, coupled with the fact that it really has actually happened, I'd go with "no".[/p][/quote]HAH! BURN! camerajuan
  • Score: 2

12:56pm Tue 1 Apr 14

espanuel says...

We are in Spain and didn't get any. It must have gone over the top of us. But we do get it now and again especially when the rain comes from the SW and it puts sand every where, and then out comes the jet washer.
We are in Spain and didn't get any. It must have gone over the top of us. But we do get it now and again especially when the rain comes from the SW and it puts sand every where, and then out comes the jet washer. espanuel
  • Score: 1

6:31pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Turtlebay says...

espanuel wrote:
We are in Spain and didn't get any. It must have gone over the top of us. But we do get it now and again especially when the rain comes from the SW and it puts sand every where, and then out comes the jet washer.
Is that what you call your's, a jet washer!
[quote][p][bold]espanuel[/bold] wrote: We are in Spain and didn't get any. It must have gone over the top of us. But we do get it now and again especially when the rain comes from the SW and it puts sand every where, and then out comes the jet washer.[/p][/quote]Is that what you call your's, a jet washer! Turtlebay
  • Score: 1

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