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The report

Video: Storm in Saudi Arabia (or Dubai) causes money to rain. Emirates 24|7 News, February 24, 2015

claims that a recent dust storm in Saudi Arabia contained, briefly, bank notes flying in the wind. NASA's Earth Observatory has taken this report at face value and included it in its feature of the dust storm itself, but I'm not quite sure how much to trust it. Is there additional confirmation of this event from more official sources?

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    Watch the story grow: NASA reports "thousands of notes", supporting with a news article that reports "hundreds of Saudi riyal notes", before given the detail of "nearly SR10,000 in SR100 notes" (i.e. less than 100 notes). – Oddthinking Feb 25 '15 at 1:45
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    Meanwhile, the picture illustrating the report shows a 50 Saudi Riyal note, not SR100 note as captioned. – Oddthinking Feb 25 '15 at 1:49
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    "From more official sources"? I don't see any reason to doubt Emirates 24/7. It appears to be a legit news site and a subsidiary of Dubai Media Inc.. The article also includes a YouTube video. – user7920 Feb 25 '15 at 11:50
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    @coleopterist: Someone could find the source article from the Sabq newspaper, and translate, I guess. I wonder if the question is purely based on the exaggerated use of the word "rain" and "dust storm" rather than "swirled in the blustery wind in the immediate area". – Oddthinking Feb 25 '15 at 13:00
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    It's hard to see because she keeps moving the camera from left to right, but the money could be coming out of that car to the right, with its door open. – Jan Doggen Feb 27 '15 at 13:38

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