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December 20, 2011


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Lovely description of a short-lived sandstorm. I've read of sandstorms in the Negev and coastal Red Sea environs, that last for days-to-a-week (Harmattan winds, typically in March). The locals stoically shut-down all activity and wait it out. One has not choice, really.

Interestingly, here in the interior PNW, our loess soils have reportedly caused dust-storms visible 400 miles out to sea, in past decades (pre-soil conservation measures). Astounding.

Thanks for the comment - yes, this one was relatively short-lived, but long enough!

Pacific Northwest dust storms continue today - there's a spectacular image from 2009 at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40590

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