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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just a Damn Dirty Deal!!



Both of these photos are real. This is what we got Monday afternoon. I had listened to the weather and knew a cool front was on it's way and expected some winds. The gigantic wall of dust came with them. Here is what the local paper said:

A dust storm accompanied by sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts above 70 mph across the South Plains idled about 3,300 of the city’s 93,000 meters.
Meteorologists and others were loosely calling it a haboob, which the American Heritage Dictionary says is a penetrating sandstorm with violent winds occurring chiefly in Arabia, North Africa, and India.
To residents of this region, the rolling red cloud was an end-of-the-world sight coming, and an immense cleanup job leaving.
Besides tree limbs scattered across the area, brown sand coated surfaces the way Lubbock Pioneers described the dust bowl.
Although car wash companies weren’t getting an unusual amount of work to do Tuesday, Jason Crawford saw what the dust storm could have been like for those with windows left down.
Here is a video....

                                    

I only took a few pictures. Here is one of them.


I remember storms like this from my childhood, but we just called them sand-storms or dirt storms. We didn't know they were HABOOBS.  You live and learn, hopefully. 
 Here are some local comments:
“I remember a bus trip to a basketball tourney in high school. We were in a sand storm like this one. Everyone moved to the side of the bus away from where the sand was hitting the bus.”
Lynda Bryant, Facebook
“I remember these storms when I was a kid. Grandma Taylor always had plastic on the windows. If we were in the car with Dad he would just pull over and take a nap. Ronald L and I would just sit there and watch the dust blow by.”
Velma Jo Bowes, Facebook
“I remember trying to ride my bike to school when C.N. Hodges was a brand new elementary school. 195 -1953. We all had to go to the rest room when the early bell rang and rinse the sand and grit from our mouths.”
Duane Roberts, Facebook
“I was born and raised in Hockley County, also lived in Lubbock. One of my first memories is being in a half-dugout during one of these storms. We could barely see the coal oil lamps and I could hardly breathe even though the windows were covered in heavy quilts. Is this another Dust Bowl or worse?”
Arjai Barrington, Facebook
“This is exactly how it was in the 50’s when I was young. Dark, black dirt rolling in. Back then, we put wet towels over windows so the inside wouldn’t look like the outside.”
Sue Blankenship, Facebook
“I can remember the dust storms Lubbock got when I was a kid and not being able to see the fence that was attached to the house just outside the back bedroom window. We would have the lights on in the middle of the day because it was so dark. Cars had hood ornaments then and you could not see it, much less the car in front of you. I just turned 70 so I was not around for the famous dust bowl of the 30’s, but was definitely there for the 40’s. We had a few pretty dandy ones in the 50’s, too.”
By flgirl, LubbockOnline.com
“We would close up the house as tightly as possible, put damp towels beneath the doors leading to the outside, etc. Despite our best efforts there would be dust in the sugar bowl, dust on every surface, dust on your pillow and in the sheets, and when I turned on the shower in the morning a little river of mud would first flow down the drain. The sky would be red and the sun would be clouded over, but from the dust! It would take a day or two for the skies to clear. People would get a little crazy (crazier?) from the storm. It was like life on another planet.They were great excuses to skip class when I was at Monterey HS.”

Never a dull moment here on the Great High Plains.

All Lubbock buddies in
New York City
(get a rope)

Nothing seems to be happening on the home sale. I am a little dismayed but not discouraged. My future is unfolding just as it should. I still have the faith.

Love you all,

Michael


14 comments:

  1. WOW, that IS dirty! How do you breathe when something like that rolls through? Interesting post.

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  2. Good Gravy, Michael, that had to be scary! Glad you are okay.

    Don't get discouraged about the house...it's pretty and it will sell.

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  3. What a mess. They had a couple of those go through Phoenix but we were up north when they hit. Thank goodness. Sure glad you're okay.

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  4. I can imagine the folks that were driving had there hands full. I;m glad I was a week ahead of all this.

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  5. The weird thing about it was it just lasted a couple of hours. I really didn't get out in it.

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  6. That storm made the national news as you know. And of course the TV guys here had fun with it. I remember driving back from Odessa back in the late '50 with the folks and got in one. Pitted the windshield in Daddy's '54 Chevy so bad it had to be replaced.
    Glad you are OK, but I bet you got some clean up inside to do huh?
    Hey,, you guys got some free dirt for the fields and yards outta it anyway :-)

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  7. Wow. What a mess. I have trouble with the wind, anyway, but that's like a dustbowl scene. Makes me extra glad for all the trees around me.

    My future is unfolding exactly as it should. Yes. We never know why things happen differently than we had hoped or planned, but Rilke said we must trust life. "Life is always in the right." That seems true to me.

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  8. I have been in a couple of them, not much fun.

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  9. Az saw a couple of "haboobs" this summer... I remember when they were just dust storms. the clean up is hell!

    Great tune this morning!

    I can't believe that no one has bought that gorgeous home of yours! They're coming, I know they are!

    Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After

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  10. Wow! What awesome photos you have! It makes you want to get out of Dodge fast except, you can't. Good luck in all of that.

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  11. Wow! I just got through saying "weather is boring," but I clearly wasn't talking about HABOOBS!

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  12. Great pics. I sure wouldn't want to be in the path of that HABOOB!

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  13. Amazing pictures of the sand storm. Glad most of it missed you. I sure wouldn't want to clean up after that.

    Kevin and Ruth
    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  14. These are nasty, PHX. had 3 really bad ones and people were killed on the freeways in chain reaction accidents

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