Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Weather forecast: sand

I posted this on FB a few weeks ago, but it's true again this week. Here's what the weather (and driving) in Dubai is like today:

Well, not quite, of course. We were advised back in December that such weather conditions are extremely unlikely in Dubai. I can't believe that movie lied to us!

But it is pretty sandy. You go outside and it's kind of just...yellow. There's not always sand blowing directly in your face, but it's also not pleasant to be out of doors.

Also, it hasn't rained at all this winter, except for maybe once (and we were in Oman that day). I've only been through two winters in the UAE so I don't know which year was more typical: 2011, when it rained almost every day for a 10-day stretch, and off and on throughout the rest of the season; or this year, when it has been dry dry dry.

I do wish it would rain, for more than just the usual reasons. I think it would go a long way toward clearing the air of this horrible sand! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.


Liz Johnson said...

Ugh, that sounds positively miserable. I hope it rains for you guys soon.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

I bet you have to clean dust off everything in your house after those storms.

Finding My Way Softly said...

Your post inspired my poem for the day. We are having a huge snow storm, almost as fun as a sand storm. :-)

I also wonder, since this is the first year in this home, if this is really as atypical as everyone says. At first we thought it was "off" because we had hardly any snow between November and January, and now we have broken snow total records three times in March. So not what we expected, so it will be interesting to see what the next few weeks bring. I am learning to just take the mountain weather as it comes. :-)

Maybe sand storms and snow storms are just the Lord's way of reminding us who is in control.


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