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Haboob!

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A habbob is when dry, loose sand from the desert settings is essentially blown up, creating a wall of sediment. This wall of sand can be up to 100 km (62 mi) wide and several kilometers in elevation. At their strongest, haboob winds can often travel at 35–100 km/h (~20–60 mph), and they may approach with little if any warning. Often rain is not seen at the ground level as it evaporates in the hot, dry air.

 

I heard of the possibility of one coming into Phoenix yesterday (which isn't ALL that rare during monsoon season) and I wanted to get a great shot of it. So we hiked up to the summit of the Phoenix mountains. As most photographers know, there soon becomes a great debate that occurs between the logical mind and the photographer. I stayed up on the mountain as long as I could before the logic in me took over and we started to run down the mountain. We didn't get more than halfway down before we were hit by this massive wall of dust. I threw on my sunglasses (even thought it was totally dark from the amount of dirt in the air) and ran down the mountain as fast as I could. But, it was totally worth it for the amazing shots I got!!

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Taken on June 28, 2012