A video that went viral on the internet back in October of 2023 left both locals and online users in shock. Let’s unravel what all the commotion was about.
The viral video from Chennai stirred a mix of fear and fascination among both internet users and locals. The footage showcased a tumultuous dust storm swirling around the outskirts of the Bay of Bengal.
In an unusual sequence of events, the whirlwind stirred up dust along the Chennai coast, causing bystanders to fear an imminent disaster. Fortunately, the dust storm gradually subsided as the mini-tornado dissipated, bringing a sense of relief to the local residents.
Where Did The Dust Storm Form?
The occurrence unfolded on the Marina Beach coast in Chennai. This popular beach area, bordering the Bay of Bengal, typically hosts local vendors setting up their shops for daily business.
To their astonishment, on what seemed like an ordinary day, they were confronted with a forceful burst of swirling sand—a “dust devil” storm.
When Was This?
The dust storm unsettled residents along the coast in mid-October. Videos capturing the incident surfaced on various social media platforms. The visuals of the dust storm instilled fear among many on the internet, with even the locals expressing bewilderment at witnessing the storm form along the coast.
Why Do Dust Storms Form?
A dust devil forms when the sun heats the surface of the earth. As the air in proximity to the surface warms, it ascends, leaving an empty space near the ground. This results in a region of low pressure, causing surrounding air to rush in and fill the void, creating the swirling phenomenon known as a dust devil.
In the development of this low-pressure environment, the velocity of the airflow intensifies, causing the circulating air to pick up dust and dirt in its vicinity. As the surfaces in the area continue to heat up, the airflow’s speed continues to escalate, contributing to the formation and persistence of the dust devil.
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