On Tsaidam basin in the western Chinese province of Qinghai collapsed sandstorm. In urban Golmud, Nuomuhon maximum wind speed reached 26.3 meters per second. According to experts, this is the strongest sandstorm in the region over the past 30 years.
March 17 sandstorm covered Golmud City, Qinghai Province with winds of 26.3 meters per second. Visibility of about 10 meters, which lasted nearly an hour. On the same day the storm raged in Nuomuhone for 3 hours, the maximum wind speed reached 20ms, visibility up to 700m.
According to a weather specialist Zhang Tszinona sandstorm brought strong cold air from Xinjiang.
Tsaidam Basin extends the breadth of 700 km long and up to 300 km. with a total area of 200,000 square kilometers Is a sandy-clay plain at an altitude of 2600-2900 meters with ridges, hills area plots strong constant winds, is the most fragile ecosystem in the forestry of Qinghai province.