Sunday, September 07, 2014

Another Haboob

Obviously our monsoon season is not over with yet.  Our cell phones and computers started buzzing weather alert sounds around 5:00.  We looked out the window but didn't see any sign of bad weather.  The sky was cloudy but the air was quite clear.  Fifteen minutes later we saw a different scene.

These dust storms are just awesome to watch.  You can tell by the trees that the wind hasn't arrived yet but we stood on the patio and watched the cloud approach.  As it nears, the wind picks up and within seconds, the dust arrives with a fury.  You can't stay outside without breathing in the dirt so you go running for shelter. 

It is really scary to be caught out on the highway during one of these episodes as it can turn to zero visibility within seconds.

Avis Gray sent this great photo of the "cloud" as it approached over the pickleball courts.  No rain accompanied this dust.  Hopefully, we'll get some moisture tomorrow.

Today we'll all be outside with our leaf blowers and brooms to clear the dirt from our patios and carports.  The weatherman is predicting storms and flash floods for our area today so stay tuned for an update.
P.S.  I LOVE living in Arizona!!
How about some helpful hints today?
Prevent soil from escaping through the holes
in the base of flowerpots by lining with large coffee filters

Keep brown sugar soft by storing with a couple of marshmallows.

To prevent potatoes from budding, add an apple in the bag.

To prevent your eyes from watering while chopping onions, wipe the chopping board with vinegar (which won't affect the taste of the onions).

Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs to make the shells incredibly easy to peel off.

The simplest way to slice a bunch of cherry tomatoes is to sandwich them between two plastic lids and run a long knife through all of them at once. 

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