Monday, December 23, 2013

WEATHER PHENOMENON: "People Could Barely See Out Of The Windshield" - Mysterious Red Dust Rains Down On Texas!

December 23, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Christmas came early for the city's car washes yesterday as hundreds of people lined up to get a thick layer of red dust removed from their vehicles.


Catherine Jones prepares to have the red dust washed from SUV at the Car Spa Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Houston.  Photo By James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle

"They were just covered," said staff at Mister Carwash on Braeswood Place in West U. "People could barely see out of the windshield."

Owner John Starks says they saw twice as many cars as usual, "we had around 500 cars in here yesterday, it was a good day for us."


WATCH: Red dust covers cars in Houston.




The National Weather Service says the dust came from Mexico and was picked up by a weather system over the weekend. Then once the rain started, it came down.

"We often get cold fronts that pick up dust in West Texas also, that can be carried as far as Louisiana," says Kent Prochazka from our local weather service office in League City.


Catherine Jones prepares to have the red dust washed from SUV at the Car Spa Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Houston.  Photo By James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle

He said dust can be carried a lot further than that, too.

"We've had cases of dust from the Sahara Desert being dropped in Florida." Dust from the Gobi desert in Mongolia has even made it all the way across the Pacific Ocean to the Western states of the U.S. - Chron.



GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Tracking Developments In The Canary Islands - New Earthquake Swarms Reported At El Hierro Island Indicates Seismic Unrest!

December 23, 2013 - CANARY ISLANDS - The new earthquake swarm under the island’s central-SE sector continues.




So far, about 120 quakes of magnitudes above 1.8 including a handful of possibly felt ones (up to magnitudes 3.2) have occurred since yesterday morning.

Preliminary GPS data suggest a new phase of uplift has started as well, which supports the idea that a new magma intrusion is occurring at the base of the upper crust beneath the volcanic island.

A new earthquake swarm started under the island on December 22nd. The earthquakes are located at about 15 km depth under the southeastern central part of the island. IGN recorded more than 40 quakes with magnitudes up to 3.2 so far.

Whether the earthquakes are related to new magmatic intrusions at depth is a unknown but a possible scenario. - Volcano Discovery.