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Buttercup
2011-Nov-02, 05:16 PM
Wow. The curtains went crazy! A terrific blast of air rushing throughout the house -- and from different directions. A "boom!" on the roof.

Fun. :)

danscope
2011-Nov-02, 06:40 PM
Hi , Sounds like a microburst, but you would have seen the twisting dust devil going away. Surely there is some power in those things.
Stay safe, Buttercup.

Dan

Buttercup
2011-Nov-02, 06:47 PM
Hi , Sounds like a microburst, but you would have seen the twisting dust devil going away. Surely there is some power in those things.
Stay safe, Buttercup.

Dan

Couldn't see it, as I'm basically tethered to my work station. ;) Have earphones on, attached to the computer. Didn't bother to get up.

I once, years ago, deliberately put myself in the path of a small dust devil. Closed my eyes (against flying dust and sand) during. That's an interesting experience; talk about your clothes and hair going in every direction at once... :lol:

KaiYeves
2011-Nov-02, 09:15 PM
Glad to hear you're alright.

novaderrik
2011-Nov-04, 04:22 AM
i once had a little mini tornado (can't call it a dust devil if there's no dist, right?) go straight down a line of leaves that i had spent all day raking.. that was in the late 80's, and was also the last time i ever bothered to rake leaves.. they now get chopped up with the mower and provide nutrients so that the lawn may grow green and lush the next year..

ravens_cry
2011-Nov-04, 04:37 AM
I remember been so fascinated as a child by the mini dust devils that appeared on the road leading to our house, watching the leaves swirl round and round and round, like water going down a drain.

Githyanki
2011-Nov-04, 05:04 AM
Ain't nothing; go to Mars.

Buttercup
2011-Nov-04, 01:48 PM
Ain't nothing; go to Mars.

Oh yeah! :) TALL dust devils. But how much "punch" do they pack, considering the thin atmosphere? Enough to leave definite trails anyway.

Kaptain K
2011-Nov-04, 08:54 PM
I once saw a dust-devil pick up and shred a hay-bale! Then it hit and rocked the class 8 dump truck I was driving!

Buttercup
2011-Nov-04, 09:01 PM
I once saw a dust-devil pick up and shred a hay-bale! Then it hit and rocked the class 8 dump truck I was driving!

When I first moved here, I was driving around (errands) and turned a corner. Right before my car, maybe 100 yards distant and in the exact center of the road, was a tall and perfectly-formed dust devil which actually looked like a semi-transparent sand tornado. It was moving slowly. Quickly disappeared. I've not seen such a stark dust devil since; usually they're sort of irregularly shaped. Wish I'd had a camera.

publiusr
2011-Nov-07, 11:27 PM
Other candidates
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Air_Funnel#Cold-air_funnel_clouds
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustnado
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landspout