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Postalouette on Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:33 pm

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Postsongib67 on Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:34 pm

Good Morning all from Renee in AZ!
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Postszanne7000 on Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:54 pm

I'm working at it, Alouette D

Renee - I'm glad things are going better for you (I read what I'd missed a little more closely and saw your post... I hope the youngling is MUCH better!).

Good morning, LOL (I didn't sleep... heheheheeh. Oh, well. lol)



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Postsongib67 on Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:54 pm

Thanks Suzanne,
She is a little bit improved... She is very much in God's hands and she is a fighter.
I keep saying I am going to get back to my Sims but, something always comes up.
I see everyone is having some type of bad weather. Saying prayers for all who are in harms way.
Our weather has been in the mid- seventies but, the air quality is horrible. I wear a mask when I go out, the AQ is 150.
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Postszanne7000 on Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:29 pm

I'm really glad to hear that, Renee.

I think you've been dealing with the same wind we have... Have you had any of the Haboobs?



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Postalouette on Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:34 pm

What is a Haboob?

The temperature today is -8 (yep - negative!) but with the wind chill its even colder. We're staying inside. I currently have a holiday movie playing with a cup of hot cocoa.  summerB15


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Postszanne7000 on Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:53 pm

Here is (some) of what Wikipedia has to say (I only added pictures from Arizona):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haboob

A haboob (Arabic: هَبوب‎, translit. habūb, lit. 'blasting/drifting'‎) is a type of intense dust storm carried on an atmospheric gravity current, also known as a weather front. Haboobs occur regularly in arid regions throughout the world.

During thunderstorm formation, winds move in a direction opposite to the storm's travel, and they move from all directions into the thunderstorm. When the storm collapses, and begins to release precipitation, wind directions reverse, gusting outward from the storm and generally gusting the strongest in the direction of the storm's travel.[1][2][3] Haboobs can also form when a strong thunderstorm weakens rapidly, and releases a microburst.

When this downdraft of cold air, or downburst, reaches the ground, it blows dry, loose silt and clay (collectively, dust) up from the desert, creating a wall of sediment that precedes the storm cloud. This wall of dust can be up to 100 km (62 mi) wide and several kilometers in elevation. At their strongest, haboob winds often travel at 35–100 km/h (22–62 mph), and they may approach with little or no warning. Often rain does not appear at ground level as it evaporates in the hot, dry air (a phenomenon known as virga). The evaporation cools the rushing air even further and accelerates it. Occasionally, when the rain does persist, it can contain a considerable quantity of dust. Severe cases are called mud storms. Eye and respiratory system protection are advisable for anyone who must be outside during a haboob. Moving to shelter is highly advised during a strong event.

Occurrence

Middle East
Haboobs have been observed in the Sahara desert (typically Sudan, where they were named and described), as well as across the Arabian Peninsula, throughout Kuwait, and in the most arid regions of Iraq.[4] Haboob winds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Kuwait are frequently created by the collapse of a thunderstorm.

North Africa
African haboobs result from the northward summer shift of the inter-tropical front into North Africa, bringing moisture from the Gulf of Guinea.

Australia
Haboobs in Australia may be frequently associated with cold fronts. The deserts of Central Australia, especially near Alice Springs, are particularly prone to haboobs, with sand and debris reaching several kilometers into the sky and leaving up to 30 centimetres (1 ft) of sand in the haboob's path.

North America
As with haboobs in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Kuwait, haboob occurrences in North America are often created by the collapse of a thunderstorm.

The arid and semiarid regions of North America—in fact, any dry region—may experience haboobs. In North America, the most common terms for these events are either dust storm or sandstorm. In the U.S., they frequently occur in the deserts of Arizona, including around the cities of Yuma and Phoenix;[5][6] in New Mexico, including Albuquerque; in eastern California, and in Texas.[7]



Haboob blowing into Ahwatukee, Phoenix, Arizona on August 22, 2003




South Mountain Haboob, AZ   JoelHazelton  Jul 03, 2014




Ranger Trail - South Mountain, AZ  Joe Bartels  Jul 16, 2007



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Postsongib67 on Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:41 pm

Suzanne, Not this year... we have had some pretty nasty ones. Last Haboob was a few years back. It still gets dusty everywhere. Too much desert and too little rain. They can be 4-5 stories high and miles long.
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Postalouette on Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:30 pm

Interesting. I looked at the photos again and realized the second one is an over view of houses, not rocks. That really gives the impression of just how big they can be.


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Postszanne7000 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:34 am

I'm glad to hear that, Renee... the news makes it seem like you have been having them... sigh (@the news, lol).

Oh, yes, Alouette - they are huge! You should go look at the Wikipedia page from the link... there is another link there to pictures from all over the world!

(and to think, I hate dust! LOL)



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Postsongib67 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:03 pm

They do occur often. just in different areas at different times.
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Postsongib67 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:09 pm

I enjoy one cup of decaf coffee in the am. At night, I mix a Honey vanilla chamomile & a green tea bag together and I have a awesome cup of tea! Yummy!

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Postszanne7000 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:31 pm

I'm glad they are fairly rare, Renee...

That sounds like an interesting tea blend... :D



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Postalouette on Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:26 pm

That sounds really good actually, Renee. Do you use a specific brand?


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Postsongib67 on Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:09 am

Celestial's Honey Vanilla Chamomile... Target & Walmart carry it and good ole Lipton's decaffeinated green tea.

I grew up in Boston Ma. and winters were wicked bad. As a child my sisters and I played in the snow till we were called in. When I began working it was not a fun thing anymore.
The snow days off from school were lots of fun. Now that I am here in Az. I miss the snow.
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Postalouette on Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:50 pm

I'll check that out! I always love to try a new tea blend.  :coffee:

Speaking of which, I'm going  to visit with a friend I haven't seen in awhile to have a cup of something warm (and today is my birthday, so double plus!).


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Postsongib67 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:13 am

Well, Happy Birthday to Youuuuuu!
Sorry, I don't do the fancy stuff.
Enjoy your special day!!
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Postszanne7000 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:41 am

That tea sounds interesting... I'll have to try it :)

I like a nice cup of very strong original Good Earth blend... that's been my favorite for years and years :D



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Postpoppy100 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:09 am

good morning dear friends..

alouette i hope your bhirtday was great
zsanne tea!!!? no coffee ! .... lol
songib67 the child time is always somthing to remeber the funn off snow

i found a funny video dont now the langwich of it..

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2b53cg_minions-promo-clip-happy-holidays_shortfilms



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Postszanne7000 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:41 am

LOL

I believe that is Minion language, Anneke :D

That was CUTE!!!!

And, yes, sometimes I drink tea...

...sometimes :D



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Postsongib67 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:51 pm

Anneke, Loved the cute little video! Many thanks for sharing!
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Postalouette on Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:52 am

Tea all the time!  :teatime:


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Postpoppy100 on Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:53 am


     
 have all a good and nice day dear cherry's     summerB9
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Postszanne7000 on Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:05 pm

Good morning from me, too! LOL :D



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Postanidup on Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:29 am




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