A blog detailing the culture, history, geography and nature of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and neighbouring areas on the lower reaches of the Amu Darya River.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Salt Storm hits Nukus
A strong salt storm enveloped large areas of Western Uzbekistan covering the city of Nukus in a layer of salt and dust and reducing visibility to only a few meters. The storm also blocked flights departing from Urgench airport. Strong gusty wind brought salt dust from the Aral Sea shores (and the Aralkum) following warm weather and rain. According to Uzhydromet, in Nukus after a 40-degree heat on Sunday 27th May the temperature dropped to + 20-22 ° C. The salt laden forcing residents of Nukus to use masks when venturing outdoors as the storm made it difficult to breathe.