Dust Storm Chokes Phoenix
It messes up flights, causes thousands to lose power
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2014 6:59 AM CDT
This image made from video provided by ABC15.com shows a massive dust storm over Phoenix Friday.   (AP Photo/ABC15.com)

(Newser) – Thousands of Phoenix residents lost power when a huge dust storm rolled in yesterday evening, reports NBC News. The storm arrived in time to mess up the rush-hour commute and also temporarily forced a halt to incoming flights at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, reports the Arizona Republic. A storm like this is called a haboob, which NPR explains is from the Arabic word for a summer dust storm. See ABC15 for a collection of photos.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 26, 2014 5:06 PM CDT
Haboobs are legendary in arid climates. Its part of the cycle that keeps life going in these environments.
Jul 26, 2014 4:01 PM CDT
This is nothing new. I remember getting them almost every year at this time which is peak Monsoon season. Usually right behind the dust storm is massive rain which washes the dust away or leaves mud in puddles.
Jul 26, 2014 2:26 PM CDT
It may be bigger than usual, but it's not atypical. We wouldn't expect a snow blizzard there...