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Steamy Sunrise

Last night, I was working on a project, and was wondering why sweat was just streaming off me – I wasn’t working THAT hard. And then I noticed the windows – it was as if we were in the middle of a rainstorm, only it wasn’t raining.

Ahhhh. . . . the humid days are setting in. Good for settling dust. Bad for getting anything done. Generating tons more laundry . . . two minutes outside, and you are soaked, from the inside out. Your sunglasses fog, cameras fog . . . not my favorite time of year.

This morning, WOW. It’s as if it were Seattle fog rolling over the water, except it is Kuwait steam – this is what sunrise really looked like – it’s hard to photograph steam when your lens keeps clouding. What looks like waves – you can’t even see the Gulf this morning, that is steam/fog, rising off the waters. The whole area is covered with rolls and wisps of steamy fog.

July 22, 2008 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Weather


  1. Oh this is one of the things that scares me about moving to Kuwait! Tell me there’s ways to deal with this…I’m from Minnesota and really used to SNOW.
    Cheers NWB

    Comment by Nadine Brown | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. How long does the humidity last here? I remember when we lived in Doha the humidity would arrive in July and last until it cooled down. I was always told Kuwait was much drier, and it certainly has been since we have been here. Since this is my first summer in Kuwait though, I am curious how long the humidity stays. I welcome it though, and I will gladly take humidity any day over a dust storm!

    Comment by mimfoy | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  3. yesterday it was pretty humid!!! I hate it though :/

    Comment by Amu | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  4. Welcome, Nadine. You are lucky – there is this wonderful invention called Air Conditioning here in Kuwait, and it gets us through the summer. I have never seen snow here, but December and January can get COLD, so cold you think it might snow. You will get addicted to the light and sunshine – February and March make the whole year worthwhile, they are so beautiful. (IMHO)

    Mimfoy – Not long. It comes and goes. NOT like Doha! I lived there, too! The heat here is dry most of the time; August and September can be humid, but not every day.

    Amu – I was out a lot today. It’s almost better being out, where there is some breeze and the sweat bakes off you! It’s the clammy – humid – A/C air that makes it so awful, I think!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  5. It was bad.. I was out and couldnt believe how humid it was

    Comment by Ansam | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  6. we just wont be spared at all this year will we?

    Comment by Mrm | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  7. It was pretty humid, Ansam! My dress was sticking to me! Ooops, TMI, hmmm?

    Mrm – At least it keeps the dust down!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  8. lol a photographers hell: photograph steam.

    Comment by sknkwrkz | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  9. Wow, I had no idea there could be much humidity anywhere in the MIddle East. East Coast & mid-west USA, and Japan, and in the valley of California. Those are my only points of reference for humidity. I thought east cost USA and Japan were horrid, but you’ve got them beat! Good luck with that… pretty miserable stuff. (Amazing photographs, though.)

    Comment by Suexi | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  10. Harumpf, Skunk, it was no laughing matter! Trying to photograph steam is a nightmare!

    Ohhh, Suexi, wait till you visit coastal Florida, the home of humid. Where humid was born! Where your silk blouses and riding boots get mold in the closets! (shudders)

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 23, 2008 | Reply

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