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Dust Storms

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we were in Phoenix on Saturday. It was a nice day, lunching and shopping with my cousin and visiting with David and his roommates, among other things. It was HOT! 114 degrees! That is just too hot!

On the way home we had been noticing signs of a dust storm rolling our way, specifically this:

Dust Storm

We decided it was time to pull off and let the dust storm roll through. We have seen too many accidents along that section of road due to dust storms and people trying to drive through them. So we pulled off and waited it out at a Starbucks. We checked the radar on our phones, heard the emergency alert alarm for the dust storm come over our phones about half an hour after we stopped, and then got back into the car and waited for the gust front to come through.

As we walked from Starbucks to our car, the wind was beginning to blow quite a bit and the dust in the air was making halos around the lights.

dust halos

And then the rain began to fall.

raining mud

I don’t think I’ve ever seen it rain mud before!

Once the initial front passed through, things settled down and we got back on the road. We ran into intermittent rain until just north of Tucson and then the sky was clear. The lightning going on all around us was quite spectacular, though! I wish I could have gotten a picture of that!

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