Fernando Fiat loves an adventure as much as any other Fiat. (Those of you who have read Cars, Castles, Cows and Chaos have tracked his journeys.) The other morning I got up, looked at Fernando, shuddered and screamed “Where have you been?” The car was covered in sand! Did it take me on the quick trip to a beach on the Adriatic? Had it accompanied me to the neighboring village’s Beach Volleyball tournament? No! The 500 XL shuddered a bit and looked at me with “do you still love me“ headlight eyes.
Then it hit me – like a dune in the eye. Morocco! The high flying Sahara sands had covered my poor Fernando and he/she never got to enjoy Morocco. Seriously, there were no gifts on the back seat from open air bazaars, fabulous food containers were not perched on the back seat and make my tummy dance music was not playing on the radio. There was just sand. Years ago Mario, my cousin Carmella’s husband had explained the Moroccan connection. Being a testa dura, I had put the story away as folklore. Bo, it isn’t lore! Look at Fernando!
Everyone here knows about the sand. Everyone but me believes it comes from Morocco. I did what any baby boomer would do, I googled it. There are websites dedicated to the flow of the Sahara sand from Africa to Europe, the Caribbean and even the United States! Even NASA follows sand storms! NASA, seems to like the sand, and alerts us to this hurricane factoid – hurricanes hate flying sand! More sand means fewer hurricanes.
Dust plays a major role in Earth’s climate and biological systems. Since it is rich with iron and other minerals that plants and phytoplankton need, it provides natural fertilizer for ecosystems when it lands downwind. The airborne particles also absorb and reflect sunlight—altering the amount of solar energy reaching the planet’s surface. Dust can also promote or reduce cloud and storm formation, depending on other atmospheric conditions.According to that same NASA article. Dust sounds like a good thing.
Living in Southern Italy I learn something new every day! Usually, it is about preserving a healthy harvest. I never thought that the unwashed Fernando Fiat could help me understand that sand, a simple grain, can have such a global impact.
7 thoughts on “Fernando Fiat and the Sand of Morocco!”
We got some of that Saharan dust in sunny Florida!!
What is the sand doing to Ferando’s paint finish? I know the salt air in NJ eats cars and am wondering what visiting sand does to them.
Hmm, I have no idea but it might make him look tie dyed!😄
davvero interessante… we get lots of sahara sand in sardinia as well… like every time it drizzles, since we haven’t had proper rain in months, just the occasional drizzle. I’ll start to appreciate it now, grazie Midge x
Sorroco….via Sahara. piu o meno piu.
Italia durante Agosto
Loved your book. My favorite place on earth is Italy and your anecdotes on life there are so relatable and funny. Janet’s artwork is the perfect accompaniment to your stories. I can see them animated in my mind. Tell Janet hello for me—she is my old classmate from St. Joseph’s in Raritan.
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Joan, thank you so much! I’ll be doing readings in November and will be posting the dates.