Saturday, May 9, 2009

When I Say We Had a Sandstorm...

...I mean a SANDSTORM!

One morning, not too long ago, we looked up and saw... this dwarfing everything (note the tiny buildings and vehicles at the bottom of the photo to get the scale):

...and in under an hour, we were surrounded by this:

...and it remained like that for the rest of the day before it started to clear up.

...but it was days before we saw any blue in the sky.

The pictures do not do it justice.


Evan said...

It's impossible to convey how eerily awe-inspiring a sandstorm can be.

The most amazing thing I saw over there, I was working in the TOC one day, and a handful of people had poked their heads into our shop to say "you should take a look outside". I just kept working until one of our warrants, on his third or fourth trip to Iraq, said "you REALLY need to take a look outside". That convinced me, so I went out to see that high-altitude dust had turned the entire sky blood-red, though the air at ground level was perfectly clear. Even the local Iraqi contractors were marveling at it. It was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen. It blew over in a matter of minutes, and I doubt a photo, if I'd had a camera, would have captured the apocalyptic grandeur of it, so now it's just like a memory of another world.

Mike Baker said...

I've seen pumpkin-orange clear days but never the red that you experienced.

It is all enough to have me looking for wormsign and guys with blue eyes. :P