Thursday, February 12, 2009

Two Very Different Days in Doha

The last couple of days has seen Doha sitting in the midst of two very different weather events.

Tuesday we woke up to heavy fog. Given how dry Doha is, I was totally surprised by it. As we drove to school, I could barely make out buildings across the street. Here's a shot taken by someone from up high in a skyscraper just to give you an idea of how thick it was.

The fog burned off by late morning and life moved on.

Yesterday there was, thankfully, no sign of fog as I drove the kids to school. It was a bright and clear morning, definitely nicer than the day before. After dropping off the kids, I made my way to Bible study. When I came out, the sky looked yellow. As I walked around the wall of our church, I saw the most wind-whipped sandstorm I've ever seen. I rushed to the car, covering my mouth and nose, grateful to have sunglasses on.

Driving home was quite and adventure. I've never heard so many sirens and see so many police cars since we moved here. Sitting at a roundabout where the main post office is located, I couldn't even see the building. As I drove along the waterfront, there was no sign of water at all - just a brown blur after maybe 100 yards. Here's a shot of that to give you an idea of how pleasant it was.

Lovely, isn't it?

Fortunately, the worst of it had died down by the time I went to pick up the kids from school. It's still pretty icky out this morning, but at least it's not as thick and heavy as it was.

I'll be back later with today's Thankful Thursday post. Got to get the kids off to school!


Anonymous said...

It must be really strange to have such different weather days one right after another. I don't think I'd want to be out in a sandstorm...yikes!

Marsha said...

Oh my! I do have to admit, the picture of the fog is beautiful - I think anyway.

Leeann said...

Holy cow! That is incredible. And I agree with Marsha- the fog is pretty. And I agree with Melissa too- I'll pass on the sandstorm, thank you very much!

Nancy M. said...

I'll bet that is hard to drive in and just walk it.

stacey said...

i am choking just looking at the dust picture! do you wear masks?


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