Mommy, is that a baby tornado? I don’t see a cow…

Mommy, is that a baby tornado? I don’t see a cow…  

Yes, the vision of a tornado and picking up a cow has been stuck in many a head since that movie Twister. As I suppose the Wizard of Oz got it stuck in people’s heads that a house would be caught in one spinning around.

Here in Arizona we don’t really get tornadoes. Thank god as the thought of hiding out in my cellar for hours on end and listening to sirens all night doesn’t sound fun at all. Never mind that whole destruction aspect of them.

No, we get what is called Dust or Dirt Devils. Little mini funnels of dirt picked up in the desert and spinning around. Occasionally they combine with the wind and create a big Haboob which is basically a mile or so long wall of sand, dirt, etc that you can’t see or drive in. Here is a picture from the big one Phoenix had awhile back. It was like 5 miles wide.


But as baby dirt devils in desert, they can be cute. On the way out of my little town you pass a bunch of them this time of year. I took a couple of pictures to share with you.




Kind of neat huh? Kind of like the sky is sucking up the dirt. I wish they were closer to see. They really are neat.

And every time I pass them, I’m still waiting to see if they picked up one of the cows out here.

So far no luck….

For me that is, the cows have been pretty lucky about it I guess…


~~~till we laugh again~~~


0 thoughts on “Mommy, is that a baby tornado? I don’t see a cow…

    1. Tammy

      The bad ones can cause cars to crash into each other not seeing them. Roofing blown off, stuff like that. Most people complain about the dirt in their pools. LOL. I wish I had a pool to get dirty. LOL

  1. bluebee

    Never heard of haboobs – I’ve learnt something today. In 2009 here in Sydney we woke up to blood red light seeping through the blinds – I’m sure the religious amongst us thought Armagaddeon had arrived 🙂 – half the outback desert had blown in and covered the city. It was surreal.

  2. John the Aussie

    We get dust devils also down here; the locals call them Willy-Willy’s. They can tear roofing off, but are hard pressed lifting an adult. As kids we use to run up to the bigger ones and use its upwards force to do backflips. I’m surprised no one ever broke their neck.

    On a rare occasion, some of our dust/sand storms strip paint. Our dust storms also leave red dust everywhere no matter how airtight you think your house is.

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