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Late-Week Plains Dust Storm Led to "Dirty Rain" in Southeast

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Gusty winds swept dust into the air, reducing the visibility to dangerously low levels on Thursday along I-35 in Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the dust storm led to a chain-reaction accident involving nearly 3 dozen vehicles, including some tractor trailers.  I-35 had to be closed.

Fast-forward to Friday, when some scattered showers crossed the interior Southeast.  Residents of central Kentucky say that the rain was a little "dirtier" than normal, leaving specks of dust and dirt on their cars after raindrops evaporated away.  The "dirty rain" was caused by the dust getting kicked up by the winds, several thousand feet into the air over Oklahoma, and pushed by those strong upper-level winds a few states to the east.  Friday's showers carried much of the dirt and debris back to the ground over the interior Southeast.

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