Thursday, April 28, 2005

Sand Monster

In my last post I shared my experiences with a sand storm that blew in the previous night. Unbeknownst to me what we saw was just the after effects of a much larger storm that occured to the north earlier that day. A good friend of mine, Steve Briscoe, is stationed at Al Asad Air Base as a civillian contractor. Below are some pretty amazing pictures he sent me.

This huge wall of sand came barreling in at approximately 60 miles per hour.










And you thought those scenes in "The Mummy Returns" were just Hollywood hype.










Steve described what began as a clear, sunny day becoming as dark as night within minutes of the cloud engulfing them.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing! Charles remembers them and is sorry that you have to endure them! TTFN - Carol

10:24 AM  
Blogger stephie said...

Hi, I've recently found your site and haven't commented yet but when I saw the pictures I was reminded of a sand storm I witnessed (and felt!) when I was a little girl at my aunts in Arizona. The sand came in a little differently than your pictures. You show them to be like a billowing cloud of sand, the one I saw was straight up and down like a wall and moved at an incredible speed. My cousin and I thought we would stand out and watch it until it hit. That lasted about oh, a second. Felt like our skin was being sandblasted off! Well, I guess it was.

Stay safe over there and keep up the good work!

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Lexie said...

How do you dust after that? Ugh. Not that I dust, but just wondering.

BTW, the blog title is one of the funniest things I've heard lately.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

Wow! Beautiful photos! Scary, but beautiful.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Lil Sis--Mol said...

John- These photos are phenomenal! How long does something of this nature last? I am simply amazed. Hope you are doing well, your blogs and pics are encouraging, as is, chatting with Amy and the kids. Thye all seem to be getting along quite well, of course I talk with "Ames" quite regularly (I am sure you are suprised), and we keep each other in stitches with the latest, and typical humorous Barber stories! :) Take care of yourself, cannot wait for you to be home safe and sound! Prayers and blessings! Love ya-Lil sis--Mol

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Brent and Cindra Wampler said...

and I thought the sandstorms in West Texas were bad.....

I've been reading all the blogs.....just haven't commented yet. Good to see you're doing well, all things considered. Let us know what you/your guys need in the next care package. BTW, the poem is a tear-jerker....Cindra's still crying.

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Jack said...

Thank you for enduring things such as this. You and yours have more support than you will ever know.

2:16 PM  
Blogger armynurseboy said...

Wow, AL Asad looks so different! I was there 2 years ago and definately remember sandstorms like that hitting us. Of course, back then all the windows were still busted out so we had no way to keep the worst of the dust out.....

4:46 PM  

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