Epic Dust Storm Sweeps Through Valley

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Image: Shannon Armour
The leading edge of a massive dust storm that hit the Valley approaches Interstate 10 at about 7:20 p.m., near Riggs Road.

Visibility as low as 50 feet. Muddy rain. Powdery stuff on teeth, in lungs. Blacked-out neighborhoods -- until you got close enough to see that the lights really were on.

Tonight's dust storm was dustier than the typical Arizona haboob, with fine particles just hanging in the air even during lulls in the gusty wind.

Definitely one to remember. Good luck to all drivers out there.

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Image: Shannon Armour
This shot was taken about five minutes after the above picture. Yup, driving in this stuff is not safe.


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10 comments
shadeaux14
shadeaux14

A dust storm during the monsoon

How unusual!

Wpadillafenner
Wpadillafenner

Valley Fever (the fungal disease) has long been linked to a desert wind storm (Haboob).  Take an imaginary(?) voyage and check out the novel Valley Fever by Wendy Padilla at Lulu.com

Guest
Guest

ah good ol' climate change... wait no, the recent "extreme" weather is just that, I mean massive floods, natural disasters, there is no increase in frequency people! Get back to consuming things... nothing to see here.

hipbilly
hipbilly

Around here it's a DUST STORM, not a  frickin' haboob. Knock it off, already.

And The Lord Said...
And The Lord Said...

I do wish Mr. Stern and other folks reporting the news would refrain from the use of Biblical terms like "epic". Words such as those only fire up the 12/21/2012  "Oh, my God, we're all going to die" morons.I, myself, have heard quite sufficient from the end-of-the-world paranoids.

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