Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lubbock's Haboob 10-17-11

History was made yesterday, and we lived through it. The day had been unusually windy for October, I had made the comment earlier in the day that the weather was acting more like March. So, here we were sitting in the den/kitchen. Kids were finishing homework and I was about to start dinner before Kevin had to leave to go for a reverse 24. I looked out the window and noticed the sky getting dark I said, "it looks like it could storm, but it is just dirt".  Then, BANG! 6:15PM and it looked like it was 10pm, pitch black and DIRT BLOWING 74 MPH down our block. We thought a gust front had hit! By the time I got my camera out it lightened up and dirt continued to blow. I didn't video, I should have. The pictures don't convey the intensity, but these are unaltered pictures, the orange is natural!

I just stuck my camera out my front door and shot!  I DID NOT go outside!

Turns out, we had a Haboob!   what is a haboob you ask?  Well, I copied a few sentences from Wikipedia:

A haboob (Arabic:"هَبوب", "strong wind") is a type of intense duststorm carried on an atmospheric gravity current.   Haboob winds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Kuwait, and North America are frequently created by the collapse of a thunderstorm, while haboobs in Australia may be frequently associated with cold fronts.

I know my sister in AZ has experienced a Haboob. Soldiers stationed in Iraq have experienced this. My friend in Australia might have, have you? I've lived in Lubbock 19 years and the wind can BLOW! However, this was SOMETHING!!

Having to re-dust my house today!! Seriously, I dusted my entire house yesterday...



McMGrad89 said...

That'll teach you to dust your house. It's kinda like rainstorm after washing your car.

miruspeg said...

Carrie I have never heard of the name Haboob but yes I have experienced a dust storm that choked Sydney in 2009.
It felt like Armageddon because when I was in the kitchen looking out the window, there was this red, red glow coming through!

So I know exactly what you went through and it took weeks to get rid of all the dust that somehow found its way into the house.

Happy cleaning my friend!
Peggy xxxx

Jeanette said...

Wow, that had to be exciting and interesting too. A different experience to say the least.