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SVALBARD SANDSTORM: Gale-force winds and absence of snow inflict ‘Norway’s answer to the Sahara’ on Longyearbyen

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The sting of Monday morning was more painful for many Longyearbyen residents as a rare sandstorm triggered by high winds and scant snow, prompting those venturing out to wear googles and jokes from meteorologists about what, scientifically speaking, actually is is “high desert.”