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Dust and us and things

"A Dust Plume to Remember" says Nasa's Earth Observatory about the Saharan dust cloud that left West Africa in June. How awesome is it that a dust storm like the ones described by Lawrence of Arabia (TE Lawrence) or from a Mission Impossible film can sail the wind across the Atlantic Ocean, as an identifiable cloud, for at least 6,475 miles (10,420.5 kilometers) to darken the sky and reduce air quality in the Carribean islands and other places even further west. (You can see why anyone who enjoys spending time studying global systems would be slightly irked that the phrase "we're all in this together" wasn't adopted by the human race before now.)https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146913/a-dust-plume-to-remember?src=nha

Speaking of TE Lawrence, his journal recorded weather events for posterity to learn from over 100 years later. It is a fun citizen science activity to help review historical documents and "mine" them (a rather ugly word to apply to historical research but so be it) for useful or interesting data for models etc. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/may/16/te-lawrence-dust-storm-notes-enlighten-weather-crews-100-years-on

“Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them. Everybody has a little bit of man, woman, and animal in them. Darks and lights in them. Everyone is part of a connected cosmic system. Part earth and sea, wind and fire, with some salt and dust swimming in them. We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong and always right. No one. No one exists without polarities. Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them.

PART SUN AND MOON by Suzy Kassem” ― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem (pulled from Goodreads. I like the quotation but will have to lookup the book as I haven't read it). 

How is it possible I feel snoozy full of coffee and tea? Office is toooo hot. Back to work! Have a wonderful rest of your day. 

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