I’ve never seen it rain here and I’ve heard that when it does happen many people stop what they’re doing to watch the rare phenomenon. Back in Taiwan we cursed the rain repeatedly. It seemed to rain every other day. It made the cold colder and ruined whatever outdoor plans we had. I told myself, “Hey, Saudi will be much better with the endless sunshine”.
For the most part the weather here is amazing. There were a few weeks last month when I felt like it was unbearable to be out even the in evenings and it was averaging around 45C in the middle of the day. But now it has cooled down and there’s always a lovely breeze whenever we take the baby and dog out around 6pm. No one takes their kids out before 5pm over here, I think. By the way, we use the air conditioner at home 24/7.
Well, turns out there is something worse than continuous rain: sandstorms! The sky turns a strange brown-gray color and your eyes become gritty. Last night we had a photography club session but it was cut short due to a sandstorm coming from Jeddah. You could actually see the sandstorm approaching and the horizon were two very different colors. By the time I got home my throat felt a little sore and my nose felt stuffy.
These two photos were taken seconds apart:
Video of the sandstorm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3HNW37EPQ0
The clothes I hung out to dry now have a fine layer of dust. Even our car is dusty again. Hey, at least in Taiwan the rain washed our car clean!
I’m not sure if there was a sandstorm the day I took this photo of Jose and Casper but it was one of those hazy days where the sky was white and completely cloudless.