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I'm Dreaming of a BROWN Christmas??? What?! (pics)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Yesterday was absolutely, utterly disgusting. It was one of those days that leaves me scratching my head and looking around at my surroundings and questioning, "Why is it that I chose to live here?" I have lived in some beautiful places in my lifetime. I'm native to Texas, but I have also lived in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Florida. Yesterday, we had one heck of a windstorm. Those are common in this region, but not so common in December. I live in an area where cotton is farmed all around the city; this is the season for harvesting those crops, and when they do, the topsoil gets loosened up. So, when we sustain winds at 52-66 miles an hour (yesterday's totals), the topsoils get stirred up and we get this:

The visibility was so low.

It was really dangerous. There was even a multi-car pile up on a main interstate involving appx 23 vehicles, with one fatality as I last heard.

This one was my favorite. How often can you get a straight on photograph of the sun? But that's what this Texas red dirt does--powerful enough to cover up even the sun.

I really do love living here, despite highly unpredictable weather, and dry flat land. The people are what make living here so great. The population in this city is mostly friendly, compassionate, and considerate. So, with grit in my teeth, sand implanted in my skin, and dirt in my eyes, I will forge on and be thankful for my brown Christmas! emoticon
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    1591 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Awesome photos!! It was getting caught in a dust dirt storm like that while on my bike at age 16 that triggered my allergies. Can't say I am happy about that feature of the bald prairies where there is nothing to hold back the darn wind!!!
    I am not so sure which is worse, frozen skin in a cold so numbing you don't realize something was frozen until it thaws out or wind that takes you breath away. There have been times this week I thought I was going to get frostbite walking to the club in just 15 min as I always seem to be heading right into the wind. At our low temperatures the windchills are dangerous for even just a light wind. I do dress up warm, long coat, hood up, scarf on, but with eyeglasses can't put the scarf all the way up or glasses fog up :( Can't see without them either so lose lose.
    I remember Lori always mentioning the horrible drought you had (or are still having?) Wishing for you some preciptation to keep that dust down..
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    1591 days ago
    What part of Texas are you in? I'm in San Antonio and we have wind today, but no sand in that wind! I admit, I am NOT a fan of the weather here at all! I'm looking at those blizzards in Wisconsin right now and miss living there so much it almost hurts. I'm native to Texas too, but spent five years living up north and I've always loved the weather more up there!!
    1591 days ago
    You're right - that does look dangerous. I'm glad you were safe yesterday. Hope today is a great one!
    1592 days ago
    Merry Christmas! You're welcome to have some of my freezing white stuff if you like!! We've got plenty with more coming on Saturday!
    1592 days ago
    I used to live in west Texas. I've seen this happen before.
    1592 days ago
    Wow! Hope it clears up soon.
    1592 days ago
  • SWAZY33
    wow...that is some dust storm! hope you get some rain to wash all that brown away!
    1592 days ago
  • PJ2222
    Merry Christmas! And best wishes for a Healthy and Prosperous New Year too!
    1592 days ago
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