Another Phoenix Haboob

Dust storm rolls through Phoenix overnight, excessive heat continues

by Catherine Holland

Posted on August 3, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Updated today at 4:54 PM

PHOENIX – Mother Nature took another swipe at the Valley, delivering the fourth major dust storm of the monsoon early Wednesday morning, which was also one of the warmest mornings we’ve seen in some.

The storm slowly rolled across the Valley between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., leaving dust hanging in the air hours later. Some early morning commuters thought the dusty haze was fog.

While many people might have heard the wind, they didn’t realize another dust storm had hit until they saw the layer of dust on their cars.

The National Weather Service issued a dust storm warning just before 1 a.m. The storm pushed up from the Tucson area through Pinal County and into Phoenix metro area, bringing high winds and lots of dust.

It was mostly over by the time “Good Morning! Arizona” went on the air at 4:30 a.m., but there still was some thunderstorm activity in Pima County, as well as some light shower in Pinal County. That storm activity was dying down as the sun came up.

Because it happened in the middle of the night, it’s difficult to compare the severity of Wednesday morning’s dust storm with the previous three storms.

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Haboob Strikes Phoenix Again

Wall of dust known as a ‘Haboob’ strikes Phoenix again

Published on July 18, 2011 6:30 pm PT
– By Dave Tole – Writer
– Article Editor and Approved – Ron Jackson

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( — Reports are pouring into of yet another dust storm in Downtown Phoenix.

Storms formed southeast of the area between Phoenix and Tucson this afternoon. These moved northwest and took a similar track as the last ones.

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Phoenix Haboob

Phoenix Dust Storm: Arizona Hit With Monstrous ‘Haboob’ (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

First Posted: 07/6/11 09:22 AM ET Updated: 07/6/11 05:25 PM ET

monstrous dust storm roared through Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday night, delaying flights and causing power outages for thousands of people.

The AP reports that the massive dust cloud, also known as a “haboob,” was around 5,000 feet when itarrived in Phoenix, but radar data reveals that it reached heights anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 feet high prior. The storm appeared to be around 50 miles wide in some areas, KSAZ-TV reported.

The dust storm originated in Tucson, and was a part of Arizona’s monsoon season.

According to CNN, the dust storm prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a ground stop on flights at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport for about an hour and 15 minutes. At its peak, the storm left 10,000 customers without power, Jenna Shaver of the Arizona Public Service told CNN.

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