Saturday 20 December 2014

Wet mud residue on cars following recent rainfall is sand from Sahara Desert - Met Eireann

Published 30/03/2014 | 19:18

30/03/14
Motorist all over dublin woke up this morning to see a strange dust covering their cars which was due to exceptionally strong winds over North Africa, which led to sand being displaced from the Sahara Desert and following a path up through parts of Europe.

Pictures Declan Masterson Photography
Motorists all over Dublin woke up this morning to see a strange dust covering their cars. Pictures Declan Masterson Photography
Motorists all over Dublin woke up this morning to see a strange dust covering their cars. Pictures Declan Masterson Photography
Motorists all over Dublin woke up this morning to see a strange dust covering their cars. Pictures Declan Masterson Photography
Motorists all over Dublin woke up this morning to see a strange dust covering their cars. Pictures Declan Masterson Photography
Motorists all over Dublin woke up this morning to see a strange dust covering their cars. Pictures Declan Masterson Photography
Motorists all over Dublin woke up this morning to see a strange dust covering their cars. Pictures Declan Masterson Photography

A simple explanation has been given for the red-brown sandy residue left on cars across the east and south of the country following last night’s rainfall.

Motorists in parts of the country woke up to a strange dust covering their cars this morning.

The spattering of mud on windscreens and bonnets is dust from the Sahara desert, Met Eireann explained.

Strong winds over North Africa last night brought sand from the desert to parts of Europe, including the south and east coasts of Ireland.

It is not uncommon but last night’s rainfall meant the sand fell as wet mud spots instead of a light dusting.

Don’t get the car sponges out just yet though as similar winds are to stay in place for the next few days, meaning more wet mud spots are likely to fall on your car or windows again.

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