DISCUSSION: As strong storms fired up across parts of Central to Northern Texas yesterday afternoon and evening, some of the storms blossomed in regions which were particularly dry. As a result of the very dry conditions and very dry ice topsoil in place across many of these areas between Central and Northern Texas, the leading edge of a thunderstorm referred to as the gust front helped to lift dust into the lowest levels of the atmosphere as seen in the image below. Regardless of their nature of origin, dust storms of any kind pose serious travel hazards and general safety hazards due to limited visibility in a variation short distance which can lead to life-threatening travel conditions. In addition to vehicles and modes of transportation on the ground, helicopters as well as the party and landing aircraft also takes serious note in regards to the presence of dust storms; similar to the effects imposed by hazy conditons (e.g., caused by the combination of intense heat and highly concentrated air pollution) and/or fog. This certainly was a very hazardous situation at hand across from certain parts of Texas and as you can also see in the image below there were a number of vehicles on the road with their brake lights on indicating the likely standstill that was caused along this particular highway due to the presence of this this intense dust storm. To learn more about other high-impact weather across the United States, be sure to click here!