Haboob! Desert Brings its B-Squad; Local Media Fascinated Nonetheless

Last night's Haboob wasn't quite as spectacular as the one that swept through the Valley earlier this month, but that didn't stop local media outlets from turning their respective websites into Haboob-central as soon as the storm hit.

The July 5, storm was described by experts from the National Weather Service as one of the most "significant" they'd ever seen. It towered over the Valley at heights of up to 6,000 feet.

Last night's storm wasn't quite as impressive, reaching heights of about 4,000 feet -- but that didn't stop local media from going wild, filling their websites with reader photos and accounts of the storm. ABC 15 even ran a story about the history of the word "Haboob."

It might seem like overkill to get so worked up over the desert's B-squad of dust storms -- considering how incredible the last storm was -- but there's a reason: Haboobs equal web hits are friggin awesome.

See our own collection of reader photos here. See the homepages of some Valley media outlets, as they appeared when the Haboob hit, after the jump.

As you can see at the bottom of the screen grab, ABC 15 thought last night's storm warranted a quick history of the word "haboob."
As you can see at the bottom of the screen grab, ABC 15 thought last night's storm warranted a quick history of the word "haboob."
ABC 15

KPHO: Telling it like it is.
KPHO: Telling it like it is.
KPHO


KTAR
KTAR
KTAR


AZCentral
AZCentral
AZCentral


MyFoxPhoenix
MyFoxPhoenix


Even we were in awe of a half-assed Haboob.
Even we were in awe of a half-assed Haboob.
Phoenix New Times




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