Good Morning Gentle Readers,
This sand storm actually billowed into Marine Corps Air Station Al Asad in Iraq on April 26. Yes, this ain't no scoop because TWC tends to be skeptical. The first few arriving emails purporting to contain real photos of a real sand storm in Iraq got shuttled over and round filed in the Photoshop Fakery can.
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The hands-down best of the bunch I received, or at least the easiest to view* is the Powerpoint presentation from the Kosmik Kid (requires Power Point or you can download Power Point Viewer for free here). A number of stand-alone photos from the Powerpoint presentation are here.
The photos were snapped by Lt Col Bob........ and I'm not sure who put the presentation together but I imagine it was Bob. Bob also took the orange shrouded photo (above) from inside the storm.
Apparently it looks much worse than it actually was as nobody was injured and there wasn't any significant damage. The whole thing originated near the Syria/Jordan border and spawned tornados as it moved northeast, reaching Al Asad at about 6:45 in the evening.
Five additional photographs of the sandstorm are viewable on the BBC web site.
tip of the glass to Light Colonel Bob, Silflay Hraka, The Kosmik Kid, Will in Az, Jim in Abq, The drunk Smithers sisters in Twin Falls, Jeff M, that surly chick in Texas, Brian P (I think) and a couple of others I forgot.
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*the formatting of forwarded emails tends to disintegrate and then most arrive with formerly embedded photos strung out as attachments (or vanished altogether except for the little red x up in the corner). This often makes viewing multiple photos a relatively tedious process, especially if there was a particular order you were supposed to view the pictures in. Okay, so it's not Chinese water torture but the clicking still aggravates the tendonitis.