|2011-07-07 09:04:21||Massive Arizona duststorm - what extreme weather?|
Yup nothing to see here, move along!
|Same Ordinary Fool
Thanks for the link. I enjoy reading what people have to say about the event. I didn't notice it myself...too much noise inside to hear what's happening outside. Needless to say, we haven't had much rain lately.
Once before when I was here in Phoenix (~1960) I watched a large haboob come into town. It looked like the top photo in Wikipedia's "haboob" article: brown, vertical and dead straight all along the neverending face. Presumably the darker color would be due to anything that would break the crust on the desert floor, i.e., agriculture, construction & off road driving.
Smaller dust storms (also with the long dark face, and also called 'haboobs') are regular events during the summer months. About 5 people per year are killed on the highways because of visibility problems. But no one remembers the storm itself the next day.