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San Antonio photographer caught 'once-in-a-lifetime' video of downtown engulfed in Saharan dust

mySA logo mySA 5 days ago By Madalyn Mendoza, San Antonio Express-News
a tall building in a city: After spending days looming over Texas and the rest of the south, the massive Saharan dust plume is heading out, but not before a San Antonio photographer was able to document the rare visit over downtown in a birds-eye video. © Provided by mySA

After spending days looming over Texas and the rest of the south, the massive Saharan dust plume is heading out, but not before a San Antonio photographer was able to document the rare visit over downtown in a birds-eye video.

After spending days looming over Texas and the rest of the south, the massive Saharan dust plume is heading out, but not before a San Antonio photographer documented the rare cloud over downtown in an aerial video.

Adnan Sakib didn't think much of news reports last week preparing for the arrival of the dust. Experts described it as an "extreme episode" that hadn't happen in 50 years. Sakib, who is a content creator and video producer for Nitro Media Group, admitted he downplayed the headlines and wasn't planning on capturing anything.

a tall building in a city: After spending days looming over Texas and the rest of the south, the massive Saharan dust plume is heading out, but not before a San Antonio photographer was able to document the rare visit over downtown in a birds-eye video. © Provided by mySA

After spending days looming over Texas and the rest of the south, the massive Saharan dust plume is heading out, but not before a San Antonio photographer was able to document the rare visit over downtown in a birds-eye video.

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Being in the middle of dusty downtown on Saturday around 11 a.m. made him a believer. Luckily, he had his drone in tow.

"The thought actually didn't cross my mind at all," Sakib said of planning a drone flight through the dust. "I live downtown and on my way home, I just saw the entire city engulfed and just happened to have my drone with me and took the opportunity to catch this once-in-a-lifetime moment."

Sakib captured soaring footage over the downtown skyline, showing buildings like the new and old Frost offices, the Drury Plaza Hotel and the Tower of the Americas all blanketed in a haze.

This isn't the first time he has taken to the downtown skies. Earlier this year, he captured San Antonio's stunning citywide fireworks display as the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve.

The dust video was shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Instagram, garnering a wow-worthy response from onlookers who were able to see the culprit of the sneezy symptoms felt over the weekend.

Sakib said he didn't have to do much in post-production to make the dust more visible.

"The video itself had very little editing visually other than special effects and camera movements," he added. "It was actually a 30-minute time-lapse, basically it was 600 images over the course of 30 minutes stitched together and sped up for the final product."

Another round of dust is expected to hit the Gulf Coast later this week, but the National Weather Service expects the second installment will be less intense.

Madalyn Mendoza covers news and puro pop culture for MySA.com | mmendoza@mysa.com | @maddyskye

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