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Ever wonder what it'd be like to swim in orange juice?

Ever wonder what it'd be like to swim in orange juice?

Well, maybe an orange juice with thick pulp? Take a look at this video from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where a massive sand storm rolled through the capital.

And here is what the cloud looked like as it approached:

Many times, dust and sand storms are caused by strong thunderstorms in the region. The strong downdrafts come out of the storm then pick up dust and sand as the winds roll out from the storm.

Sand storms are somewhat common in Saudi Arabia in the spring. Sometimes they can bring wind gusts of over 50 mph as well.

The orange/red tint is due to filtered sunlight. The red and orange wavelenghts of light are the longest and thus, the most robust, so they do the best job of making it through the sand and dust particles without being scattered away.  It's in the same realm of why sunsets are red, and why the sun turns reddish orange near forest fires and volcanic ash clouds.