Dust In The Wind (And Lots Of It)
by Perry Michael Simon on July 6, 2011
In the interest of keeping up with all the cool time-lapse video that’s floating around the Internet, here’s one that’s making the rounds from yesterday, the massive dust storm — a “haboob” — that hit the Phoenix area:
Mike Olbinski shot the video, which ends abruptly just before the dust actually hits; he says in the comments that he pulled his camera inside so it wouldn’t be destroyed, and you can’t blame him.
There’s tons more video of this thing, like this one from ABC affiliate KNXV-TV that provides an explanation for the phenomenon along with a little video of the storm hitting:
And independent KTVK has Scott Wood’s video of the haboob:
Here’s one by Blaine Coury that hangs in there from another angle:
And this video from the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph shows the slow advance of the 50-mile-wide wall of dust:
There’s a lot of video of this thing all over the Internet from both pros and amateurs, and it’s all spectacular and harrowing. Before this, the largest dust devil I’d seen would have been maybe 50 feet long, maybe a little longer. 50 miles wide? I’ve been through hurricanes and earthquakes, but I don’t know how I’d react if I saw one of these things coming.