In an effort to reconcile this, here's the Sand Elemental, a creature I'd created for the session but (sadly) never was encountered. Such is life!
While not a true elemental per se, the Sand Elemental is nevertheless a destructive, petty creature. It rages at nearby living creatures, attempting to suffocate them with inside of its stinging whirlwind. Sand Elementals appear to be a small tornado, or dust devil, at a distance, but as it grows closer it becomes obvious that it is animated- the spirit emits an undulating shriek and solid, tearing claws form inside the sand to rend open flesh; two things that an average whirlwind does not do.
No. Enc.: 1
Movement: 120' (40')
Armor Class: 4
Hit Dice: 2+1
Hoard Class: None
Beings near the Sand Elemental have a difficult time seeing or hearing, due to the copious amounts of dust and the hideous shrieking, respectively. Besides the usual effects, they also suffer a -1 penalty to hit when near the Sand Elemental.