Friday, March 25, 2011

In a Matter of Minutes

Don't let the blue skies fool you.

I snapped the picture above on the way back from the ballfield this morning. We had a good day of baseball (Zack's team won 10-4) and then lunch with friends. At 6 pm, hubby said he could see a black cloud rolling in.

Within minutes, the sky went from white to gray and then red. I knew a possible dust storm was predicted for later tonite but was not expecting this. If you can imagine a hurricane and a blizzard all rolled into one but consisting of sand then that's basically what we got.

By 6:10 pm it was completely dark as the storm engulfed the sky.

It's predicted to last the next 5 hours. Visibility is zero. Zack and Yusef are stuck at friends so will be spending the nite. Winds are howling and the smell of dirt is overwhelming. I've lit some candles and will spend the night safe and sound inside letting my mind wander to much more pleasant images of the day.

So how's the weather in your neck of the woods? It's gotta be better than this!

Have a great weekend! Best wishes and blessings, Tammy


Linda said...

WOW, that's horrible!!
It's 32 degrees here, so 42 degrees colder than it was a few days ago, and grey clouds (as usual it seems) - typical Illinois March (and April for that matter). But, we're a few days from leaving on our trip and there it's warm and sunny, though I see some thunderstorms forecasted for the time we're there. Who knows... they can't even predict the weather well for tomorrow, so we'll see.

Hope the dust passes quickly for you. I can't imagine that, having never gone through it.

La Dolce Vita said...

gee, much worse than the dust storms we used to have in AZ, and now that I am in CO, we have cloudy and overcast... but green things are popping up!! xo

Daydream Living said...

Wow Tammy, this is something! Yes we have much better weather, you know, springish style, not too warm yet but with sunshine, although tomorrow is the last day for about a week, the rain is coming...
You make me laugh outloud with some of your word choices on my comments, chickerdoodle or something what is that? I can guess hahaha!
Love that you are so open, and indeed I think that if I had to choose between your or mine hostcountry (can I call it like that?) I would choose mine...(cannot believe I write this, because your weather is much more my thing...)
Clearly the sun is getting to me, already, anyhoo, hope you will have a good Saturday,
Maureen x

Pam said...

We have those dust storms here in Arizona but they don't last for five hours. It does however go dark and the sand swirling in the air is horrible. Yours sound much more serious.

My computer crashed last week. After some stressful shopping, decided on an HP from Costco. Tech guy was here yesterday to set up the new computer. I'm busy catching up.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh gosh, Tammy, it's been sunny here for a week and you know how unusual that is for New Orleans! and not humid either! I wish we could "save" weather when we need
I hope you have a great weekend--You do the neatest things!!!

Diane said...

That almost looks like a tornado Tammy. Do you get those there? A dust storm of the magnitude you're describing sounds really nasty. Stay safe. Diane

Marilyn said...

You poor thing!! We are waiting to see if the snow they keep talking about will come this weekend. We had 75F a couple of days ago and when I woke up this morning it was 32F and it's going to get colder...but that dust storm is much worse than anything we will get. Hope you enjoyed the quiet time without the boys!!!

rosarod said...

Hi Tammy. increhible is what tells us and shows us right through the picture. the climate is so unstable is a dangerous and frustrating! But when a dust storm, imagine always be aware of the weather, take care, Rose Marie

Susan said...

Oh Lordy, Tammy, that dust storm must be brutal. Here, in my part of Massachusetts, it was a blessedly sunny day but still very cold. Tonight it's definitely ch-ch-ch-chilly. I am wearing the warmest clothes I could find plus heavy socks. This has been a very long winter, indeed. Susan

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

So..does it bring the sand into the house? how about your vehicles..are they damaged by it? I imagine it even hurts if you happen to be outside! Take care and have a cuppa tea!

Jane said...

I can't imagine what it's like to experience that type of storm. Quite a change from that beautiful blue sky! Stay safe!!

bunny said...

OH NO!!! you were holed up in your house with your hubby without the kids during a dark and mysterious sand storm....poor tammykins..(wink)


A Fanciful Life said...

That is just amazing! We have had almost two weeks of rain and last week had a tornado warning. That never happens in California - well, that's global warming for you. I do have to admit that I enjoy nesting on the weekends when it's raining and I don't have to go out and about. How often do those dust storms appear? Well, enjoy your weekend Tammy! Love to Jingles!

Sharon :-)

miruspeg said...

Tammy I hope you and your family are safe and well.
What a scary experience that must have been.
Glad you decided to go to another place in your mind until the dust settles.

We have much long await rain in Sydney over the last few days, but mostly lovely sunny, warm Autumn days and cool nights.

Take care my dear friend.
Peggy xxxxx

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

That sounds awful and glad the you are indoors and safe and Zack is staying with friends. Hope it passes soon and you can enjoy the rest of the weekend.
We have rain here but is nice for the garden and water tank.


The English Romantic said...

Hi Tammy,
I have just read your post and all the comments.
It's like a world wether report on one page.
Don't you just love blogging.
Have a fun and dust free weekend.
Hugs, Angela.

Lee said...

BLECH. It's 25 here in Maine today, cold and crisp, but sunny. We got hit with lots of snow this year, but sand, ewwwwwwwwww. Glad you are safe.

Mona @ la la by mona said...

That sounds scary. Glad your boys could bunk down with friends. I grew up in northern Texas and that sky reminds me of plenty of nights with tornado warnings. No fun either! It is going to be in high 70's here, sunshine and cool breeze. Husband is cleaning the pool!

Anonymous said...

Well, we had snow last night....about 1". It was about 28 degrees when we woke up. But now, at 10am, the snow is melting in the bright sun and the roads are clear.
Your storm looks so dreary. Reminds me of some of our trips to Moab, UT when the dust storms would come in. Blowing at 60 mph and the sky is red in color from the sand. And the cabin we stayed in was covered in sand because the chinking wasn't really tight!
Do the candles work for you? Do you have to use an air purifier?
At least the boys were safe and sound, you and hubby (and Jingles) were cozy and hopefully today is a better day weather wise!

Hugs to you all,

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Tammy,
oh, I'm so glad you are safe inside.
Have a wonderful weekend.

A Cottage Muse said...

Hey Tammy...could not imagine what a storm like that must be like! And I thought the weather in New England was unpredictable!

Serena said...

That would have been horrible,Tammy!! I imagine the dust would get inside your house too as it did here when we had a bad dust storm once. Our dust storm had blown across from our inland desert areas. Stay safe indoors.

Btw, congrats to Zack on his team's win!

Anonymous said...

Omar told me the pictures of your sand storm were all over Al Jazeera yesterday. We had a REALLY windy day here, which meant lots of sand in the air, but not like what you had. I smiled to know you probably used it as a reason to stay home and not do anything outside. HA! Hope cleanup was not too awful yesterday, although I know it probably was... Hope you have blue skies again today!

vicki said...

Tammy- the thought of a dust storm like that terrifies me! That is a scary looking sky!

Claus said...

So scary! Does it make any sound, I wonder. Like rain hitting a surface? Maybe wind sounds? I'm intrigued!...yet not curious enough to experience one. Stay safe!!

LDH said...

Wow, Tammy! Incredible dust storm. The photos are fascinating to see. I know you were safe in your home but was it scary to be engulfed in this situation? How often do you experience them?

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