Monday, October 17, 2011

Massive Dust Storm in Lubbock, TX Area...

Sometimes right before sunset you can pick out some things on visible satellite imagery that you can't always see as clearly during broad daylight (due to the angle of the sun, ground temperatures, etc).  The visible image that I just took a snapshot of above is one such example.

Look at the tips of the yellow arrows over east-central New Mexico and west-central Texas.  The grayish-white behind the arrow tips is the leading edge of a wall of dust that is advancing Southward, immediately behind the cold front.    Gusty N-NW winds of 40-50 mph are driving the dust cloud...which will continue to spread Southward across the region during the next couple of hours.

The image below was taken outside of the NWS office in Lubbock, showing the large wall of dust advancing toward the complex:

An impressive video was also posted by a homeowner in a residential area as the massive wall of dust was approaching the subdivision:

With the record setting drought continuing across the region, there is little wonder why a front like this has plenty of dust to pick up.  I have a feeling we'll be seeing scenes like this time and time again this fall and winter across west Texas and eastern New Mexico.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good grief! It looks solid.