Weather experts brainstorm dust storm safety - Tucson News Now

Weather experts brainstorm dust storm safety

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

They are an alarming sight to see when you're driving, those dangerous dust storms.  

"It is kind of a scary experience, even when I'm sitting there in a perfectly safe area," Ken Drozd, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tucson, said.

The National Weather Service and the Arizona Department of Transportation brought experts to Casa Grande for their third annual "dust storm workshop." 

"Not a single agency can solve the issue of dust storms, but if we put our minds together, we might be able to come up with something that could really help mitigate the risk of dust storms in Arizona," says Dustin Krugel with ADOT.

Right now, ADOT is testing out ways to implement more warning systems to alert drivers of possible dust storms. "We have weather monitoring stations that have cameras and if high winds pick up and blowing dust crosses the highway there are warning signs that are activated that alert drivers," Krugel adds.

Scientists, like Nate Allen, brought ideas to the table. Allen thinks adding cattle to the land near I 10 might be a solution to the dust problem. Allen, with the University of Arizona Biosphere 2 says, "Basically what is highly intensive management of large concentration of livestock in order to try to stir the ground and seed it, not just with seeds but also the organic matter it needs to grow."

All the ideas out on the table could lead to solutions. ADOT wants to give the public a chance to weigh in, as well. "We are checking to see how they get information about dust storms and how we can more effectively reach people when we have these traumatic and often times deadly dust storms," says Krugel.

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