|One week After Haboob (A.H.): Still dusty|
One week after the dust storm or haboob that engulfed Phoenix, which I totally missed since I was in a cooler, wetter, oceanside location, and even after a couple of rain showers to wash it away, there's still dust everywhere. The stuff even got inside, and I find myself wiping stuff down to get rid of the gritty feeling.
|Tiny haboob dunes in my bike lane|
|Is that an ewok standing on that dune?|
After talking with some locals who survived Haboob 2011 more or less intact, I can dispel a couple of rumors I heard: the rampaging dust cloud did not strip the paint off of cars, it didn't last for days, it didn't turn swimming pools into instant actual quick-sand (although it made a total/complete mess out of them), and it didn't wipe the city off the map. One serious side possible side effect that I did read about is a predicted increase in the incidence of Valley Fever, the fungal disease coccidioimycosis or "cocci", which can be very serious. Not much to be done to avoid it if you're here, though, except wearing a mask all the time.
The dust itself is odd, it's fine, almost powdery, but also gritty. It's like sanded sand. And it still seems like it's everywhere. Time to wipe down some more surfaces. Get up. Go ride.