Category Archives: Dust storms

Sky-diving death caused by dust devil?

I’ve never heard of a dust devil causing a fatality, but this sky-diving accident on Long Island sounds like that may have been precisely what happened. AccuWeather’s Mike Smith said on his blog it may be the first death caused by a dust devil on record.

The instructor in the tandem jump was critically injured.

Blinding dust kills 3 in 11-vehicle collision in northwest Kansas

Three people died in an 11-vehicle collision prompted by zero visibility created by blowing dust Thursday afternoon in northwest Kansas, authorities said.

The chain-reaction crash occurred at about 2 p.m. on U.S. 83 two miles west of Rexford, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. That’s about 20 miles northeast of Colby and north of I-70.

Six semi-trailer trucks and five passenger vehicles were involved in the collision, the highway patrol reported. Killed were Leonard Breeden, 51, of Colby; James Perrott, 57, of Perryton, Texas; and Jerold Lamb, 66, of Florissant, Colo.

Six other people were transported to Citizens Medical Center in Colby for evaluation or treatment of injuries, according to the highway patrol.

Winds of 59 miles an hour were clocked at Colby an hour before the collision, said Randy Bowers, a meteorologist with the Goodland branch of the National Weather Service. Winds of 60 miles an hour were recorded in McCook, Neb., about 60 miles to the north.

“The winds were still pretty strong – I’d say 50 to 60 miles an hour – about the time that accident occurred,” Bowers said.

Dust storm drops visibility near zero in western Kansas

A dust storm is pounding a large section of western Kansas this afternoon.

Visibility was reported near zero at about 4 p.m. Central Standard Time in Greeley County, 13 miles south of Tribune. The storm is so large and so strong it’s visible on satellite.

A tip of the hat to Reed Timmer for posting this image on Twitter.