Wednesday, July 6, 2011

yesterday's haboob and a lift!

So last night we were sitting in our house playing video games.  We looked out the window and noticed the clouds, and that the wind had started to blow, you could still see the sky.  There is a look that everything gets right before a monsoon storm, the air gets a yellow tinge.  anyway, it was beginning to look this way.  the next thing we knew everything was dark like night.we went out front to dust and a lot of it (this was taken by a coworker of my husband):

haboob (Arabic هبوب) is a type of intense sandstorm commonly observed in arid regions throughout the world.  In the USA, they are frequently observed in the deserts of Arizona, including Yuma and Phoenix[2][3], as well as New Mexico and Texas [4]. During thunderstorm formation, winds move in a direction opposite to the storm's travel, and they will move from all directions into the thunderstorm. 

When this downdraft, or "downburst", reaches the ground, dry, loose sand from the desert settings is essentially blown up, creating a wall of sediment preceding the storm cloud. This wall of sand can be up to 100 km (60 miles) wide and several kilometers in elevation. At their strongest, haboob winds can travel at 35-50 km/h (20-30 mph), and they may approach with little to no warning. 

these don't come that often here but when they do it sure makes you feel very small....okay, there is your nature lesson for today! :)

I do have a layout to share, my assignment was to lift this layout by Alison McGuinn:

here's my take:

this is my niece isn't she adorable?  I shot the batting picture standing right up to the chain link fence (you can sort of see the outline of the fence) the others I stood just outside the dugout.  The cork stars in this kit are so fun to work with.  I just added some stickles to make them shine--looks really great in person.
Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit!  Hope you have a FANTASTIC day!


Lisa Spiegel said...

I've never heard of that weather phenomenon! crazy!!!

Lisa Andrews said...

Wasn't the weather crazy yesterday? I'd never even heard of a haboob. Love your layouts!

Audrey Yeager said...

I thought that was just a funny word you made up!! That photo is amazing, and so is you LO...saw it on 2Peas!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

The weather here yesterday was crazy wasn't it!??!?!? I loveeeeeeeee the lo's!! They are amazing! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Jennie Blaser said...

fun layout! Haboob is such a funny word, but I guess now it makes more sense, since it is an arabic word. I've missed seeing you lately at the gym. Oh... because I haven't been going! oops. (I have gone a few times in the afternoon!)

Rebecca said...

that was some crazy weather--our pool looked like chocolate milk the next day lol! love your layout!

Elizabeth said...

That is a killer photo! I've never heard anything like that kind of a storm! I love your layout too!!