First Major Haboob of 2012 Swallows Up the Valley

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The first major Haboob of the season hits Scottsdale and Tempe on its way to Phoenix.

New Times freelance photographer Andrew Pielage captured some amazing photos of Saturday's Haboob.

Here's his report: "I had just left Tempe Camera and was headed to meet my brother for dinner. Pulling out of the parking lot, I got first glimpse of the bright red, orange and yellow glow on the horizon to the East. I knew exactly what it was: Our first major Haboob of the season and it was heading right for me. Luckily I was only a few minutes away for a pre-determined viewpoint. As I raced up to the viewpoint, I could see the wall of dust start to block out the sky. Reaching the top, I had made it just in time. With the wind now gusting and the thick, sand-like dust blasting my face, I knew I only had a few minutes to get the shots I wanted. It is one thing to see it from the ground, but when you are on top of a mountain and you still have to look up to see the top of it you really start to grasp the size and magnitude of the Haboob."

Photos by Andrew Pielage

Published on July 22, 2012

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Marcy
Marcy

The nice thing about the haboob is it pretty much such down the border patrol checkpoint in Arizona on I-8, one poor sap stuck standing out in the sandstorm telling people to not even bother slowing down.  I assume it was the same haboob that hit Phoenix.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz topcommenter

LoL while PHX was getting a haboob, BCC was getting rain. The urban heat island effect is alive in well in Phoenix.

Marcy
Marcy

 @ptcgaz The haboob didn't originate in an urban area and has nothing to do with heat islands.  BCC is in a more mountainous area that is ideal for meth cookers living in trailers but not for generating dust storms.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz topcommenter

 @Marcy it has plenty to do with urban heat island effect. It doesn't rain in PHX because of the intense heat. As for where the dust storms that hit PHX, they start usually up here. lol.

shirtailusa
shirtailusa

haboob, strong wind that occurs primarily along the southern edges of the Saharain Sudan and is associated with large sandstorms and dust storms and may be accompanied by thunderstorms. It usually lasts about three hours, is most common during the summer, and may blow from any direction. This wind tends to originate in the north during the winter months and the south, southeast, and east in summer. A haboob may transport huge quantities of sand

Arizona has Dust Storms. Quite trying to use terms you saw in a comic book.

Arizona's storms are dust and haboob are sand and usually last 3 hrs as to Arizona's lasting 10 two 15 minutes.

Marcy
Marcy

"associated with large ... dust storms"

 

Do you even bother reading what you cut and paste?

ptcgaz
ptcgaz topcommenter

 @shirtailusa what? your last sentence makes no sense. We had a 3 hour haboob in BCC last year, before the storms came through. The winds were at about 50 and gusted to around 75 before the storms hit and drenched us with 2 inches of rain and some hail. Your point?

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