So, This Happened Last Night

We interrupt your coverage of Rebecca’s Utah/Colorado road trip to bring you… this. (Video not by me.)

 

We only caught the edge of it here in Mesa, but even that was something else – we stood on our back patio watching this massive wall of dust bearing down on us. Even though the one I experienced in Australia was much longer and more severe, it built up gradually, not as a giant cloud sweeping toward us as we watched. Unsettling. The way I understand it, the big thunderstorms that are fueled by the desert heat this time of year (ie monsoons) build up and up and up and finally collapse, and last night this caused super intense outflow winds that picked up the dust. It made the national news today, and the international news, if the YouTube search results were anything to go by.

Anyway. Crazy.

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4 thoughts on “So, This Happened Last Night”

  1. Omigosh, that looks terrifying! I mean, if you didn’t know what it was, you’d think it was the end of the world.

    On the other hand, I have to love the word “haboob.” Gotta work that one into conversation somehow… : )

  2. Yep, that’s the sort of thing that would bear down on us in country South Australia when I was a kid. Still happens occasionally. The dust gets in everything. All that lovely topsoil just blowing away …

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