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Old 03-03-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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After a dust storm, is it common to have huge piles of dirt in one's driveway? What other house "damage" might one expect from dust storms like you may have experienced? (I'm live in the northeast and am moving to AZ) Thanks
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:54 AM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Time to wash the car.

We keep the windows closed when the wind picks up. Kinda sux cuz the storms roll in and the temps drop.....kinda nice when you've been running the ac for months.

Haven't been stuck in one while driving, thank goodness.

I think I'd just pull over and wait it out at Denny's...et al....

The pool gets filthy and it takes a couple of days to clear; I just don't have time with work and everything.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Coconino National Forest
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No. It's not like a blowing sand dune or a snow bank or that stuff in the dust bowl documentary. It is not anywhere that severe. It is just dust in the air. It settles on things - just a thin layer like a very dusty table - and is most noticeable if you have a pool. But no piles of dirt.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Surprise, Az
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Driving in a dust storm is not fun and is very dangerous. I have been stuck driving (Freeway) in a dust storm twice.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Surprise, Az
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No. It's not like a blowing sand dune or a snow bank or that stuff in the dust bowl documentary. It is not anywhere that severe. It is just dust in the air. It settles on things - just a thin layer like a very dusty table - and is most noticeable if you have a pool. But no piles of dirt.
It can be black out conditions when you are driving. I have been in one in which I could only see a few feet in front of my hood.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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You'll just have a light layer of dust over everything and will require a cleaning. Not like you'll have sand dunes across the driveway. The only damage is likely a tree broken once in awhile.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: In the Deem Hills of NW Phoenix
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It's like being sandblasted if you happen to have your face out in it. It can leave your stucco, pool, and patio very dirty but doesn't generally pile up like snowdrifts or dunes. Actually I've seen a bit of that in low spots on rural highways, but doesn't happen in your yard. Damage will depend on the amount of wind that comes with it - broken tree branches, and furniture in the pool type things. Many of us in Arizona have taken to calling the most severe and large dust storms "haboobs." Phoenix usually gets about 3 per year, but last year it seemed to happen almost weekly during the summer monsoon.
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