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Friday, October 19, 2012

Mississippi Haboob Sunrise

On the way to work this morning, I thought the sunrise looked rather different and snapped a couple of pictures (below).  These were taken at 7:22am and 7:25am, heading east on US Highway 82 in the Mississippi Delta.  I assumed the sunlight was being filtered through an elevated fog, and was struck by how dim the sun appeared, equating it to watching the rise of a full moon.

I've since discovered this phenomena was most likely caused by a "haboob" or dust storm that originated in the Central Plains states yesterday, and caused a number of traffic accidents in Oklahoma.  These pictures have been sent to NWS Jackson office for verification.

Here's what the haboob looked like on satellite as it passed over Alabama and portions of Mississippi today:

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