The Simoom

Simoom is a strong, dry, dust-laden wind. The word is generally used to describe a local wind that blows in the Sahara. Its temperature often reaches 55 °C (about 130 °F), and the humidity of the air sometimes falls below 10 percent. It is caused by intensive ground heating under a cloudless sky. Simoom is an Arabic word that means “poison wind.” It refers to the wind’s tendency to cause heatstroke as it brings more heat to the human body than is removed by the evaporation of perspiration.

Object Details

The Simoom

Ludwig Hans Fischer




Oil on Canvas

175.9 x 116.8 cm. (69.3 x 46 in.)