Alkali Dust Storm

August 23, 2005

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Provided and copyright by: Judy A Mosby
Summary authors & editors: Judy A Mosby

On this early summer evening (June 25, 2005) near Lovelock, Nevada, as I stepped out on my front deck and looked to the west across the Humboldt River, I noticed this fantastic head of an approaching alkali dust storm. The alkali dust that reaches our area travels about 40 miles (64 km) from the Humboldt Sink. Winds usually need to be in excess of 40 mph at the source area in order to lift and push the alkali this far east. At my house, though, the air was dead calm -- the calm before the storm.

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