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Post by Ja'aj on Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:14 am

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The storm was driven by 60-mile-an-hour winds that collected the
sand into a rolling brown cloud late Tuesday. It ran for about 150
miles before dissipating.
By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
Published: July 6, 2011



PHOENIX DUSTS OFF AFTER GIANT SANDSTORM WHIPS THROUGH
Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic, via Associated Press


Phoenix residents awoke on Wednesday to a thick layer of dust on their cars,
their streets and just about everything else outside after a giant sandstorm more
than a mile high roared through the city.


The storm on Tuesday evening grounded airplanes, led to traffic tie-ups and set
off a wave of coughing across the Valley of the Sun. At the height of the storm,
visibility was reduced to zero.

While sandstorms, or haboobs, are not uncommon in Arizona and other desert areas,
the size of this one and the sheer amount of dust it raised were highly unusual.

“The magnitude of this event was really exceptional,” said Ken Waters, a warning
coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix.
“People who have lived in Arizona for 30, 35 years say this is the biggest one they’ve seen.”

The storm was driven by 60-mile-an-hour winds that collected the sand into a rolling brown cloud and sent it moving across the city, briefly shrouding the lights of downtown Phoenix
as it passed through.

The sandstorm ran for about 150 miles before dissipating, and at its peak might have
grown to as large as 100 miles wide and more than one mile high.

“The more dust it picks up, the higher the cloud goes,” Mr. Waters said.

Its intensity, said Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for Weather Underground,
was due to a strong complex of thunderstorms that developed east of Phoenix on
Tuesday that picked up large amounts of dust.



Arizona’s continuing drought — some areas have had no rain for four months —
only made conditions worse, Mr. Masters said. The drought in southern Arizona
is the fifth-most extreme in the past 50 years.


The sandstorm closed Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for about 45
minutes starting around 8 p.m., when visibility was reduced to one-eighth of a mile,
said Julie Rodriguez, an airport spokeswoman. Two flights were canceled and
others were diverted to Tucson and California, she said. A plume of sand also blew
into some terminal buildings.

Several thousand homes also lost power in the area after the winds blew down
power lines. The winds also turned over a tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 8
near Casa Grande, but caused no serious injuries, officials said.

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Post by roxanna on Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:30 am

OMG ! it's just one thing after another weather wise, is more of the same expected ?

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Post by Ja'aj on Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:28 pm

Hi, Rox!

Nope - it's all about the same storm - this article was in
the New York Times.
(How nice! for Rob Schumacher & Tim Williams, the photographer)
- "picked up" by AP is always a career-enhancement.
We're hopfuly finished with dust storms for a while - they don't
really have a "season".. but HOPEFULLY.
I WANT IT TO RAIN!! PLEASE.
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He's outside Tucson, in Vail... I'm pleased for him -
"A real gully-washer!" (I'm quoting) - but that doesn't do much
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Post by Guest on Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:04 pm

I have a friend i graduated from high school with who lives in Casa Grande.
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Post by Ja'aj on Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:51 pm

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Have you been there? It's a nice (smallish) town!
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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:42 am

Never been to Casa Grande,but was to Fountain HIlls about 15 years ago,not far from there but didn't know he lived there at that time. I have a friend in Vegas too.
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Post by Breezey Breezey on Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:04 pm

Well Ja'aj, sounds like you have enough to keep you from boredom for a while!!

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