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It seems like we have seen more Haboobs this summer. Our monsoon season has been drier, making it much easier for great walls of dust to get picked up out on the desert floor and swallow up everything before them.

We live approximately twenty-five miles northwest as the crow flies from downtown Phoenix. The Haboobs, Arabic for strong winds, generate in the vast empty space between Phoenix and Tucson. They roll for miles and cover the whole Valley of the Sun. For a Haboob to reach us, we know it is a big storm.

The picture above shows a line of dust over the top of the buildings. What is harder to understand is that it blocks out downtown and South Mountain.

To really get perspective, check out this video. (Not mine.)


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