Most of Saudi Arabia is covered in desert with hardly any vegetation to speak of. It’s not a lush desert (sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?) like the beautiful Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico. So, in a place like this where there is very little annual rainfall, there is bound to be a lot of dust. Add a little bit of wind into the equation, and Presto! You have the perfect little dust storm. This occurs quite frequently at certain times of the year around here. How it happens is that severe daytime heat warms up the ground which makes the air very warm as well. Warm air rises, meeting higher winds above. The warm air and high winds mix together in a downward spiral, which create strong winds at the ground level. This can create major problems on the ground, one of which is traffic accidents. Just recently outside of Jeddah, there was a twenty car pile-up leaving three people dead and at least ten others injured, all stemming from a harsh dust storm which caused extremely hampered visibility. The dust storm in this photo is a fairly light one – many times the field of vision is much more severely impacted and is limited to maybe one car length or so.
I’m no stranger to dust storms – I lived in Arizona for many years and we had our fair share of them there. At any rate, dust storms sure make the job of dusting around the house a pain, no matter where you are!!!
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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