Dust Cloud Darkens Parts Of Lubbock

LUBBOCK (June 21, 2013)--Blowing dust Thursday darkened parts of West Texas and blowing dust is possible again Friday, the National Weather Service in Lubbock said.

Experts attributed the conditions to wind and previous rainstorms.

Forecaster Gary Skwira said visibility dropped to about a half-mile during Thursday night's dust storm in Lubbock where winds topped 40 miles per hour.

Skwira said an outflow from the west involved cooler winds coming from thunderstorms.

He said the Lubbock area has received rain in the last few days that beat up the soil and brought finer silt to the surface and said it doesn't take much to lift that fine silt into the air.

Forecasters had no reports of any damage.

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