Thursday, July 7, 2011

Giant Dust Storm

Remember in yesterday's post, which I actually wrote on Tuesday night, that I said I hated feeling the dust and dirt in the air in Phoenix? Well, what I didn't know at the time was that we were about to get hit by a giant dust storm. Just so you don't think I'm a complaining grumpy-pants, I have included pictures of the storm from the AP Press. The storm was 50 miles wide and 1 mile high. It was moving at 50 miles an hour. When I thought it was raining, it was the dirt and debris in the air hitting my house and roof.

Even today (Wednesday), you can still taste and smell the dust in the air and feel it in your eyes. Everything that was outside this morning was covered in a layer of dust. Air conditioners sucked it into all of our houses and buildings so everything inside needs to be vacuumed and dusted too. Because the dust and dirt is still settling tonight, my car which only had a little dust on it because it was in my garage, was covered in a layer or dust when I left work tonight. I had to run my windshield wipers to remove the dust so I could see to drive home. 
The pictures are amazing. It looks like something from a science fiction movie.
The only funny part is that these storms are also called "Haboobs." While it is funny in a "jr. high boy" kind of way, the fact that the Phonix metro area was hit by a giant, monstrous haboob, is kind of hilarious.

"What happened to you?"
"I was hit by a giant haboob."

Ah, life with a wiener dog in the desert. Remind me again why we live here?


Maribel said...

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In all the news is out that terrible storm, thank goodness that feels like nothing is dust, but when the images are scary, I'm glad you tomeis things with a little laugh.

Jeanie's Jems said...

Wow- what a storm! Don't think I could breathe threw that. Love the flower! I'll have to try it.

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