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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Strong Winds Kick Up Dust in Western Arizona

The sky darkens & a tumbleweed
crosses the road in front of our
car, as we drive north toward

The weather forecast calls for winds of 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

The sky is now grey.

Dust streams across
the road.

To my untrained eye, this is a Sandstorm.  High winds are blowing "clouds" of dust across the Sonoran Desert. It is not a Haboob.  This type of Sandstorm is thick with dust.  Visibility declines to nothing. Haboobs occur in Northern Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and desert regions of India.   Here's a link to a video of a Haboob, described as an epic Sand Storm in Kuwait in 2011.

The cloud filled sky is
free of dust in this
planted area.

I Spy With My Little Eye.... that vegetation keeps soil from blowing away.

This section of sky looks
heavy with rain, & dust.

The sky is heavy with dust, and maybe rain.

Today's drive comes to an end as Eric and I return to our motorhome.

Rain starts to patter on
the windshield of our
 motorhome, north

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