Monday, April 1, 2013

Dust in the eyes, nose, lungs

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Today, Monday, Israel is suffering through our worst dust storm in years. 
Here's how the sun looked in the haze over the Jerusalem Hills today at 4:00 pm.

An article all about the Egyptian dust blowing in says this:

Throughout the day, the presence of small respirable particles from 10 microns in size proved to be very high, the Environment Ministry reported. . . .
Short-term peak concentrations were much more astounding, with levels in the North reaching 30 to 40 times those of a clear day, 95 times in Jerusalem, 30 times in Beersheba and 36 times in the southern coastal plain areas of Ashkelon and Yavne . . .
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What a strange Passover.
First we had (and have) the plague of locusts (also coming up from Egypt) and now what looks like a plague of darkness.
What will be next?!
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UPDATE: The skies cleared on Tuesday and life is easier.  We learn to be grateful for our normally blue skies.
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(Linking to Our World Tuesday.)
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15 comments:

Birdman said...

Amazing photo. Dusk and DUST comes to the Jerusalem Hills

Robert Geiss said...

oh ! Every now and then African sand arrives over here as well. Making cars and home yellow.

Wishing you an easier to breath Tuesday.

Nonnie said...

oh! In my heart, I weep for Jerusalem. It must be very difficult for people who have asthma and other breathing problems.

Raksha said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, Dina. It looks awful and I imagine it feels even worse to breathe all that dust. I hope the sun shines again soon for you and for Jerusalem.

Mary Gerdt said...

Hoping for better days for you. The locusts were scary enough.

Ann said...

What have we done to the planet? Dust storms, snow in Europe in spring, 30 degrees in Sydney in autumn.

Petrea Burchard said...

Wow, Dina, that looks bad.

Adullamite said...

What a rough time for you.
I prefer passing sandstorms to locusts however.

VP said...

This is not amusing: I am ashamed that we complain about a bit of rain!

Petrea Burchard said...

I wonder if the circumstances are similar to the US Dust Bowl, when devastating dust storms were caused by over-farming, coupled with several seasons of low rainfall. My mind goes to global warming as well.

Dina said...

Petrea, you'll have to ask your question in Libya and Egypt, from where the dust blew over to Israel.
Dust storms happen, but this one was worse than usual.

Laura said...

yikes...sorry for the plagues, pretty eerie, that's for sure. Glad things are clearer now.

Suzanne said...

WOW WOW WOW

Hilda said...

Eek. I hope it stops with the dust.

Kay said...

Good grief! That looks like our voggy skies when we get winds from the south. I wish you could close your windows and have air conditioning, Dina.