“Mud rain” -the Sahara dust of the west- hits Kansas

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Most Europeans call it Sahara dust. That thin layer of yellow-ish sand covering your car after a rain shower. But in the USA, this phenomenon is often called ‘mud rain’. In Kansas City they know all about it.

Many drivers in parts of the Midwest surely regret spending money on a car wash last weekend. The storm system that moved into the Kansas City area last week carried particles from significant dust storms in western Texas.

Thousands of cars were covered by mud rain, also called rain dust. This happens when wind-borne dust mixes with a storm system that deposits muddy drops – often miles away.


According to Kentucky-based news agency Fox56, the storm created a vacuum and carried all of that dust hundreds of miles northeast into the Kansas City metro.

The dust mixed with the rain enough to turn it into mud. The “mud rain” then stuck to vehicles, but according to the weathermen it did not rain enough to wash off the mud.

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Mud rain in Kansas CIty

According to Jacob Lanier (WDAF) on Twitter, the storm passed Sunday afternoon in Texas/New Mexico,” “That dust in the atmosphere was condensation nuclei for raindrops in the storms that tracked through Oklahoma, Kansas, & Missouri. Water is all evaporated now, so the dust remains.”

We’re pretty sure many car washes in the Kansas City region will have a busy week.

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Author: Rene Passet

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