Monday, December 8, 2008

Prairie Weather

This is what a mudstorm looks like when it rolls into town:



A cold front kicked up some dust west of town and moments later the wind was rocketing through and the sky was raining big ol' drops of mud.

Like "awesome," the word "sublime" has been watered down by overuse. But the original meaning of the word described a terrible beauty, something that filled us with fear and trembling. I think that there are days that the prairie is truly sublime.

14 comments:

  1. This happens in the desert too. We saw tons of these 'dust devils' in Iraq. Not a happy sight as you know. I had no idea it was a prairie thing too. Get inside-quick!

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  2. I've never heard of a mudstorm! A wet dust storm. The photos look like smoke. Reminds me of the terrible smoky days we had here this summer. Sublime indeed.

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  3. I've never seen anything like that before. How erie!

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  4. It is certainly awesome! The photos do look like smoke -- spectacular skies. I'm betting the sunsets they create are magnificent.

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  5. AAAAK! That reminds me of the sand storms that greeted me when I first arrived in Arizona. Nearly scared the life out of me. I had never seen such a think growing up in NC. We have trees to hold our dirt down.

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  6. Wow, thanks for clueing in the non-prairie-dwellers here, I had never heard of one of those! What happens if you're outside and can't get under cover? Do you turn into a mud person? Nutty!

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  7. Tina--Oh we are well known for the dust! In fact, my part of the country was one of the hardest hit during the whole "Dust Bowl." Farming practices have changed, though. So we don't get a good brown blow as often as we used to.

    Michelle--yes indeed, it was raining mud. Not as uncommon as you might think around here--even without a politician in sight! ;-)

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  8. Sue-eerie, yes, but also beautiful in its own way.

    Nancy--we have some of the best sunsets in the world. A dusty, wide sky is a recipe for spectacular beauty.

    Anna--those trees of yours are beautiful indeed. :-)

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  9. Karen--a mudstorm is messy, but it isn't bad. A dust storm, on the other hand...don't smile, or you'll get grit in your teeth!

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  10. I tell ya, I am still pulling grit out. Good pics.

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  11. I've never heard of a mudstorm either. Very impressive. Interesting that the prairie creates such a specific effect. We don't do very exciting weather here (lol).

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  12. Love these photos Susan!

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  13. Just once, I'd like to experience a mudstorm. I'd never heard of it, and now I feel deprived. It sounds marvelous and terrible all at the same time.

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  14. Hey, hey Dave! You didn't go riding in that stuff, did you?

    EzG--the weather can indeed get exciting around here.

    Thanks, Marte!

    Kim--a mudstorm is more marvelous and terrible. At least I think it is...

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