Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Video Captures Massive 'Haboob' Hitting Phoenix

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Video Captures Massive 'Haboob' Hitting Phoenix

Article excerpt

It's haboob season again in Arizona.

On Friday, a massive dust storm - some 3,000 feet high - swept across Phoenix and was captured on video by the local Sky 12 TV helicopter.

The dust storm - and nearby thunderstorms - knocked out power to as many as 12,000 residents, reported Azcentral.com. By 9 p.m. power had been restored to almost all residents in the affected area, reported Salt River Project.

The storm also forced a two-hour temporary "ground stop" on inbound air traffic to Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport from 6 p.m. until just after 8 p.m. Friday. Some outbound flights were also delayed by the storm.

The dust storm cut visibility on the roads, with reports ranging from no visibility to 1/2 mile just south of the Valley before the storm hit the Phoenix area.

Of course, this is not the first dust storm to envelope Phoenix. As The Christian Science Monitor reported last August:

Arizona's monsoon season runs from mid-June and to the end of September and brings with it the big thunderstorms that churn up "haboobs," the Arabic word for the dust storms common to the world's deserts. …

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