Summer Ends; the Weather Changes
I awoke and began my ritual of gathering toiletries and a towel for my morning shave and tooth-brushing. En route to the trailer bathrooms, sweating from the staggering heat, I looked up and noticed clouds.
A sight neither I nor the others had seen in months, except those just returned from two weeks of R & R leave in the U.S. Here in Iraq, we have gone without even a wisp. As I viewed the cloud-filled sky, I ran into Mr. Higginbotham, with whom I was to fly later in the evening.
"Well, you know what that means," I said, pointing skyward. "We aren't going to fly tonight!"
Dave's response: "Whatever."
"I'm serious! There are clouds, which means there will be a dust storm!," I returned, half-joking.
From the photos below you will see my comment was dead-on. No fewer than 30 minutes later, Dave and a few others caught this dust storm on its way to cover every last crevice with powdered dirt. Dave and I did not fly.
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