For a school kid growing up in the snowbelt of the USA, there's just no day as beautiful as a snow day--at least before the days of universal Internet access allowed teachers to send in work via e-mail.
First, you got a day off from school without the unpleasant side effects of being ill, pretending to be ill or just missing the school bus.
Next, the fact that the weather is too dire to keep you from traveling to school doesn't mean you can't go out and play in the snow. Or stay in and watch TV. Or read.
Plus you got an extra day to continue to neglect the homework you neglected the previous night.
It's basically a free day that simply falls from the sky.
So how come Riyadh kids don't get the day off for a Dust Day?
Sandstorm images were taken March 19, 2010 in Al Malaz district of Riyadh.
Top set -- looking north; bottom set -- looking west toward King Abdulaziz Rd.
All photos by the author.