Ya know, having lived in the deep south in the US, driving in an afternoon thunderstorm is no big deal – you just slow down a bit, allow some extra room, and expect to have limited visibility and water ponding on the roads in low spots, right? And, ya kinda get used to it, because every summer afternoon, between 1600 – 1900, there’s gonna be a brief thunderstorm. Every. Day.
In Dubai – not so much. There’s not many days of rain there, and when there is a thunderstorm, it must mean that the gods are angry or something – really rare. Consequently, Dubai drivers don’t have a lot of experience driving in an unexpected downpour. And *all* weather in Dubai is “unexpected”….. no weather forecasts, ya see. So, we ended up driving in one of the worst thunderstorms Dubai had seen in years – TBG was sure, safe and steady, in control of the situation, but many other vehicles on the roadways sadly were not…. here’s a quick video I made of that odd drive……
Dubai has officially disappeared. Really. I woke early this morning and decided to come downstairs and get the coffee started…… while waiting on the dripping thing (miss my Bunn coffeemaker!!) I peeked outside, and holy COW is it foggy in Dubai!! I snapped this at 7 am local time, and you still cannot see past my back gate – looks like I’ve found the end of the world. There’s tons of trees and buildings and a lake past that gate, but you can’t see any of it for the fog. Kinda like nothing else exists.
It seems to be a winter thing here, and the wrecks in the fog are legendary. Multiple car-pileups were common, as inexperienced drivers continued to drive in the fog as they have in clear weather. Some people here will turn on their 4-way flashers to drive in fog, which is really confusing – westerners think of that as a stopped vehicle in distress.
Thankfully, over the past few foggy days, there have been few crashes, and we’ll hope it continues. But from where I look, it sure looks like Dubai has disappeared!