I have noticed an uptick in the frequency of sandstorms since the PS4 patch a week or so ago.
In order to be accurate, I logged the storms and their times. At no time was I wearing protection, and I was in the desert for each storm noted.
Saturday, Feb 22. All times Eastern Standard, USA
Log in - 7:04 am
Storm - 7:10 am - Full graphics, no damage taken.
Storm - 7:58 am - Sunny, no indication except the bloody screen and loss of health
Storm - 8:45 am - Full graphics with damage
Storm - 9:50 am - Full no damage
Storm - 10:21 am - Sunny with damage
Storm - 12:15 pm - Full with damage
Logout - 12:30 pm
Sunday, Feb 23
Log in - 7:00 am
Storm - 7:05 am - Full with damage
Storm - 8:02 am - Full with damage
Logout - 9:15 am
That’s as far as I got with a full log. I did notice yesterday afternoon about one storm per hour, and this morning between 6:30 am and 7:15 am (4) storms about 15 mins apart. The first one started about 4 minutes after I logged in, and it was a full graphic, no damage storm.The others were all Full graphics with damage.
On an unrelated note, I had to log out yesterday afternoon and this morning for a separate issue, and a storm generated almost immediately after I logged back in.
This is all on an official PvE server (3890)