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Dry conditions, traffic lead to lingering dust in western North Dakota


DICKINSON, N.D. -- A traffic official says road use, calm days and dry conditions are causing dust to linger over the countryside of western North Dakota.

Stark County Road Superintendent Al Heiser tells the Dickinson Press that increased traffic from the oil boom is kicking up more dust, and it has been hanging in the air and in the valleys.

He says that with the humidity, it just gets stuck and hangs there.

Accuweather Meteorologist Mike Pigott says a temperature inversion, a phenomenon which causes the ground to be cooler than the air above it, may also be causing dust to linger.

People who live near the increased truck traffic are complaining about the dust.


Resident Elizabeth Obrigewitch says she wants trucks to slow down.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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