With much of the central Plains and Southwest in the grip of a moderate to exceptional drought, high winds whipping across the parched ground have been stirring up dust storms. Unlike a haboob, which is caused by an approaching thunderstorm, dust storms are the result of high winds and dry, dusty earth.
According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andrew Baglini, winds gusted up to 55 mph across Lubbock, Texas. Visibility was reduced to near zero.
Dust storms can create dangerous travel conditions when visibility is lowered, as well as causing eye irritation and making breathing difficult for those prone to respiratory problems. The best way to avoid these risks is to stay inside when a dust storm is occurring, being careful to keep all doors and windows close and blocking open spaces under doors with damp towels to trap the dirt.
Dust billows into Amarillo, Texas. (Instagram/alli_smeaton)
Video of the dust storm taken about 11 miles north east of Spearman, Texas. (Instagram/nekouian)
Dusty skies line a fence in Lubbock, Texas. (Instagram/justinb4evnl)
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andrew Baglini explains the dust storm that swept through Texas on Tuesday.
Despite being in the garage all day, this car was still coated with dust in Amarillo, Texas. (Instagram/aimeeboyett)
Matthew has become a hurricane in the Caribbean and may approach the U.S. during next week.
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions last longer than normal.
Persistent downpours will raise the flood risk in part of the mid-Atlantic into Friday night, while rain will spread over the balance of the northeastern United States into the weekend.
Millions of people across the U.S. could be exposed to drinking water contaminated with chemicals from firefighting foam, according to a recent study.
The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn’t occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon.
The holiday weekend will start on an unsettled note, but the weather should improve by Day of German Unity celebrations on Monday.
Johnstown, PA (1993)
Light snow in the city did not accumulate but up to 3" accumulated at the airport.
Goldsboro, NC (1999)
30" of rain in September.
U.S./Quebec border (1835)
Heavy snow; Hatley, P.Q. received 10 inches. Kelkenny, NH had 6 inches.