Do you have DUST DEVILS in your pastures?! What the heck are they and where do they come from?!






Yesterday, I saw a dust devil in with Missy Miss.

It wasn’t huge and she watched it as it swept through her.  I watcher her mane flap about.  She closed her eyes.  I kinda think she liked it.

I just happened to have my camera when I went outside… and saw this dust devil headed straight for Missy Miss.

She wasn’t nervous… in fact, she seemed to enjoy it as it blew over her. She closed her eyes which led me to believe that she’s done this before.

YIKES!  WHEN I SEE DUST DEVIL COMING, I LEAVE!

However, whenever a dust devil comes near my path, I run.

For some reason, I always go back to the Dorothy and Toto image… me being swept up in a swirling tornado of furniture and sharp things.

But my horse, clearly, thought the ‘tightly coiled breeze’ was, uh… fun!

WHAT IS A DUST DEVIL?

So I decided to look it up. What is a dust devil?

Here is what I found:
A dust devil is a strong, well-formed, and relatively long-lived whirlwind, ranging from small (half a meter wide and a few meters tall) to large (more than 10 meters wide and more than 1000 meters tall). The primary vertical motion is upward. Dust devils are usually harmless, but can on rare occasions grow large enough to pose a threat to both people and property.

Blah Blah Blah – it is all a foreign language to me.  I have  tough time understanding how one patch of earth could be warmer than another… this kind of stuff just washes over me.  So, I looked for pictures and graphs to help me understand dust devils.

THIS VIDEO IS EVEN BETTER AT EXPLAINING.

I found a short and graphically interesting You Tube video created by the Weather Channel.   Click here to watch it.  I found it helpful!

Click image to watch this short and informative video!

ALL I KNOW IS IT THAT DUST DEVILS ARE WAY BETTER THAN A TORNADO.  And my horses think they are fun!

 



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