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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:

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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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SPARKLISE 7/10/2011 8:47PM

    Never heard of that before.Quite impressive! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 7/7/2011 11:20PM

    I've heard of them but never saw one before - that is absolutely incredible! Glad everyone is OK

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MOONBIRD 7/7/2011 10:16PM

    That is crazy! I've never heard of that before. I can't even imagine!

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SUSIEMT 7/6/2011 11:22PM

    Hey Jen! You're right it was on the national news. It was totally awesome! I am so glad I wasn't there! I remember being in a dust storm in the desert once. I had to pull over for sure!

I been in hiding I guess. Glad to see you blogging! Keep up the hard work girl!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 7/6/2011 10:00PM

    UPDATE: Plants and animals all OK - alas no rain! Pah.

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ALTORECORDER 7/6/2011 8:43PM

    We get total brownouts with extreme winds here too, but nothing so sudden and dramatic (yet). Wasn't it fascinating to be able to watch it coming out of the clear blue? Are the drifts cleared out of your house yet? How did your plants and animals come through? Any rain yet? We are just beginning them here in Southern New Mexico!
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LYNMEINDERS 7/6/2011 7:32PM

    WOW...amazing....

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MEADSBAY 7/6/2011 6:51PM

    Yikes!
How long does it last?

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RAIN_SIS 7/6/2011 6:18PM

    We have been experiencing dry and hot conditions here too. There are forest fires about and the air is filled with smoke most days. We even had a grass fire start on our place that I am very happy to say we got it out before it spread more than an acre.
Thanks for sharing this "could be worse" scenario.
I will just sit here and appreciate the dry grass now.


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SARA72121 7/6/2011 5:36PM

    Jen, I'm so glad to see you back! I was completely freaked out when I went outside last night. It looked like brown fog lol. I had dust in my eyes all night, it was pretty awful! I wish it would rain today to wash all of the dust off of everything!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 7/6/2011 2:19PM

    wow that is amazing

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NANNAMOM60 7/6/2011 1:21PM

    Wow. I thought the Santa Anna winds were bad looks like you beat them and then some

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NEW-CAZ 7/6/2011 11:20AM

    Whoa! emoticon stay safe!

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KITTY_M 7/6/2011 10:57AM

    Wow. I'm glad you're ok because that's just...wow.

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REDHEADMOM2U 7/6/2011 10:01AM

    I can't decide if I'm glad I missed it or sorry I was out of town and lost bragging rights!

It was impressive

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DRS510 7/6/2011 9:49AM

    Whoa! That is amazing. Stay safe down there! emoticon

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