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Recent cold front stirs quite a scene

1 year ago March 12, 2014 Mar 12, 2014 Wednesday, March 12 2014 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 4:45:35 PM CDT in Weather

The cold front that swept through our region on Wednesday, eliminating clouds and returning the sun, stirred up a lot more than just the winds in portions of New Mexico and Texas.

A sharp change in wind direction led to strong northerly winds, which kicked up a wall of dust, also known as a haboob, for our more arid neighbors to the west.

Haboobs can be created by cold fronts in the United States, but are more often created when decaying thunderstorms send a burst of air to the surface forcing dust upward and outward from the area beneath the storm.

Nothing like that is anticipated in Southeastern Louisiana of course. Just expect a continued northerly breeze and a chilly morning on Thursday.

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