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Red dust deposits in upper Midwest

Aqua, 15 December 2003, 2000 UTC:
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There have been reports of red dust being deposited on cars Tuesday by rainfall in the upper Midwest (Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois ...). This dust originated from eastern New Mexico - strong winds gusting to 55 to 65 MPH for several hours on Monday lifted the dry, red dirt of the region into the atmosphere. Upper air circulation around a low pressure system brought the dust north, where it was deposited on the ground by rainfall in several regions.

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July 12, 2005
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