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Today’s Weather in Kuwait

This if for my non-Kuwaiti family readers:

Today, the weather forecast is for 118° F (48° C.) but it will cool down tonight to 91°. 😉 The weather for today is described as “blowing widespread dust.” Yesterday and the day before, we watched as sparkling mornings turned to blowing dust in a heartbeat. One minute you can see for miles. Five minutes later, you can’t see the car in the driveway, and the laborors are wearing scarves over their faces, with just a tiny slit to see through. I don’t remember it being this way last year.

Looking out at the Gulf, you can barely see where the horizon is – it just sort of blurs. I thought it was pollution, but it may be sand moving in.

June 13, 2007 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Health Issues, Kuwait, Weather

16 Comments »

  1. This year Kuwait’s weather is way too bizzare!

    I can only blame global warming

    Comment by kinano | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. Did you know that Kuwait’s atmosphere is very thin? And we are considered to have the highest dust content in the atmosphere in the world. (used to work for the EPA)…just a bit of info I’d like to share. Not to mention a high sulfur count and etc..

    We need more O2 in the air.

    Comment by Mini R. | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. Atmosphere thin, Mini R? As in ‘be sure to apply sun protection’ like ozone hole thin? Can thin atmosphere give people headaches who don’t usually get headaches? Weird! No one has ever mentioned that before.

    I often see a yellow haze hanging over the water, and I guessed sulpher. Is it used in processing petroleum? Where is it coming from?

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. I’ve lived here for nearly ten years and I don’t remember the weather being this weird in the summer. Someone mentioned global warming, but I remember all summers consisting of unbearable heat – night and day, not like this summer where so far it’s pleasant at night and just a tad uncomfortable during the day.

    But really – very weird weather. One day it’s so humid that our windows fog up, the next is hot, dry, dusty and windy. I don’t ever remember humidity or dust in May/June. A friend of mine has the conspiracy theory that all the bombs going off in Iraq are putting things into the atmosphere and it’s blowing our way.

    Comment by Stinni | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  5. That’s right, the headaches are because of lack of O2 and I know people who get headaches too. And that yellow haze is coming from the power stations up north of Doha & down south from Al-Zour. If the site is still up, I think you can get the EPA’s info on the atmospheric content from here (if u know ur chemistry u’ll figure out the symbols): http://www.epa.org.kw

    It’s been years since I left them..

    Comment by Mini R. | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  6. Stinni, a Kuwait told me it started in 1990, when all the tanks stirred up the dust n the desert, that there had been a crust and the tanks destroyed the crust and now the wind picks up the dust . . .that a crust will form again but it takes a while.

    Ah! all the theories!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  7. Mini R – power stations exude sulpher? or is the yellow haze we can see NOT sulphuric?

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  8. OMG – that is even too hot for me, plus the dust…I keep thinking I would never be able to wear my contacts! Your comment about the crust is probably a valid partial explanation. For as long as I’ve been traveling to the American SW desert areas, its been emphasized on how important it is not to step on the crust – which has periodically been called macro-biotic, crypto-biotic, and most recently plain old “dessert crust”. It is alive and critical to the desert health and stability, and when stepped on it can take decades, sometimes centuries to regenerate. Phoenix, AZ area has similar dust problems due to desert deterioration. Separately – I have some friends with cluster headaches, and bottled oxygen is one of the best forms of relief, which makes me think that oxy depletion could cause headaches. You might want to check with your clinic to see if you can get a small canister for really bad days?

    Comment by SparklePlenty | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  9. Thanks Sparkle – I never thought about you knowing so much about the desert, but . . .it makes sense!

    I found that running makes me breathe more deeply, and it helps the headache go away. But when I have a full schedule and can’t run . . . oh, my head! Canisters . . . I’ll have to check the pharmacy.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  10. I get really bad headaches in the summer but I thought it was just the intensity of the sun and I’m not always good about wearing sunglasses. (I get the headaches in winter but it’s due to pressure systems.)Whenever we get dust – like a day before, I get really bad head and back aches.

    But yeah, maybe oxygen would help… I just pop Panadol all the time! 🙂

    Comment by Stinni | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  11. You’ve been running in *THAT* heat? Crazy lady!

    Comment by SparklePlenty | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  12. Stinni – see if a canister of oxygen will help, if they even have those here!

    Sparkle – Running trampoline in the a/c comfort of my own home, watching the news.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 14, 2007 | Reply

  13. our weather has been odd too – hot, dry days; dusty rains; cooler day-time temperatures.

    Stinni, we’ve been having bombs, too – but after the strange spring/summer weather began, not before. The day of the strike in January the air was thick with black particles from all the burning tires – but I’m not sure it had any lasting effect.

    Running on the trampoline, khalti – what does the QC think of that??? 🙂

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | June 14, 2007 | Reply

  14. QC thinks it is a hoot! It squeaks, and he just thinks it is amazing.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 14, 2007 | Reply

  15. Ahhhh, trampoline running with a/c. Much more logical. Does QC ever try to get on with you? Pretty sure Stinker Cat would be on it in a heartbeat (but then, he’s into anything and everything…*sigh*).

    Comment by SparklePlenty | June 14, 2007 | Reply

  16. OK! That I don’t miss at all!! 🙂

    Comment by noracassandra | June 17, 2007 | Reply


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