West Texas Dust Storm


My friend Phil sent me this.  He grew up in Brownfield, I grew up in Lubbock.  This is what we got to grow up with.  It wasn't this bad all the time but it happened.  If the wind blows, it happens.  There is no such thing as a dust free or sealed house in that area of Texas, no matter what dust gets in your house (and car and ears and…..).  Kind of reminds you of the movie "Sahara", huh?

Dust Storm In Brownfield, TX, July 2006


          I was caught in this dust storm last Wed. evening, July 12, coming home from Lubbock about 6:30 pm.  The storm got to Ropesville just as I did. I stopped at a gas station and waited until it passed.  During the 20-minutes of the worst, I could not see a light pole in front of me that I had pulled up against, nor another car only 2 feet to the side of me, the gas station behind me, nor the grain elevators directly across the road, it was quite an experience.  It was astounding to see vehicles, 18-wheeler trucks, etc. barely rolling with their emergency flashing light on just hoping no one hit them from behind or that they didn't hit someone that might have stopped in front of them.

          I was mad at myself for not having my camera with me, then the next day one of these pictures appeared on TV News out of Lubbock and a friend sent me the attached.  These pictures were taken at the peanut plant just south of the John Deere house in Brownfield, I was so glad to have them.

          It has been since the 50's and 60's since I have seen sandstorms like this one, (but those did not have the extreme wind destruction of today's) and another that we had about 10 days ago on Hwy 62-82 in which there was a 10 car pile up about 11-15 miles from Brownfield when one vehicle had an accident and others piled into the wreck not being able to see. One person killed in that wreck between Meadow and Ropesville.  Same night another wreck east of Brownfield toward Tahoka.  Jaws Of Life had to be used to extract the people, luckily no one was killed in that one.

          So now you see why I did not try to go through this one, but it was hard to make my mind up to stop even knowing all of the above.  Certainly glad that I did.

                   Betty Brasher









I took the following shot as I was leaving Lubbock on November 26, 2005

Those little white things in the background is cotton that has been

          harvested and loaded into compacting trailers.  They are about

          8' wide x 30' long x 10' tall (as a guess).  This also gives you some

          idea of how flat it is up in the Panhandle, the bundles are about

          1/2 mile away.  Normally you can see for 25 miles.