Unsurprisingly, the Iraqi summer is very hot. At the moment, it is 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Like they say in Arizona, at least it's a dry heat. The lack of humidity allows the air to cool down at night to an almost comfortable temperature. For this reason, shops and businesses are closed in the afternoon, and open in the evenings.
The natural environment around Ankawa consists mostly of dusty sand. Whenever the wind picks up, sand gets kicked up into the air. When the wind blows hard, a sand storm occurs. Below is the view from the seminary roof during a calm day.
This is what it looks like during a sandstorm:
As I write this, I can hear a storm blowing outside. Time to hunker down and hide from the Tusken Raiders.