… means shoveling sand, not snow, when you’re in West Africa. Here’s Sonko, our guard, clearing the driveway after a seasonal wind caused mounds of Sahara desert to pile up around the house. A nice warm jacket and he could fit in well in Maine. The harmattan winds can vacuum up tons of Mauritanian dirt, producing enormous dust clouds crossing thousands of miles, some of which supposedly trigger the beginnings of hurricanes over the Atlantic. After a good blow in Dakar, clouds of sand can blot out the sun.