Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Haboob

Monday night a haboob moved through east Phoenix. Haboob is a fancy way of saying dust storm. Actually a haboob is much bigger than the little dust storms we have seen. They occur when thunderstorms create strong downdrafts. These winds pick up dirt and start moving. Winds can reach as high as 60 mph and the storm can last as long as three hours. We are on the west side so we didn't see anything.

Check out the BBC report on YouTube. It has some cool pictures.

We've had a couple of small thunderstorms but the official monsoon has not started yet.

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