The HABOOB that ate Phoenix!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Weather in the desert can get pretty impressive at times. Last night was one of those times. A giant "haboob" - which means "dust storm" - swallowed Phoenix whole yesterday evening. I'm sure it made national news - the thing was 7000 ft tall, 50 miles wide and traveling at about 50 mph.

Here's video my neighbor, Chris, took in downtown Phoenix as the storm rolled in:

This is the biggest haboob I've ever experienced here. Every yr - just prior to the summer monsoon, we get these mammoth dust storms. I remember racing ahead of one down the freeway. It finally caught up with me and visibility was instantly about 2 ft. Everyone pulled over. Haboobs are pretty awe inspiring!
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