Recent Haboob In Phoenix Covers A Large Portion Of The Metro Area
As 2014 presses on, one of the most impressive and intimidating storms of recent times occurred in Phoenix. Almost entirely enveloped by a giant dust storm nearly a mile high and dozens of miles wide, this storm or “haboob” caused power outages, accidents and respiratory illness for many people throughout the Valley. While July is known for producing these types of storms, this recent haboob was of a greater magnitude than many have seen in the past.
Caught by many cameras, the dust storm swept across the valley and caused a complete shutdown of Phoenix sky Harbor international Airport for several hours. This caused many delays and even some flight cancellations. Visibility was reduced substantially on many of the roads and highways of the valley. Some reports indicated that visibility had dropped to near zero while others indicated visibility of less than half a mile.
Monsoon season in Arizona is the perfect breeding ground for haboobs. This period of time typically falls between mid-June and late September. The massive thunderstorms that are associated with the monsoon season produce the high winds that cause these monster dust storms. In the simplest of terms, violent and abrupt outbursts of cold air cause dirt, dust and debris to become airborne. The end result can be a visual display that is awe-inspiring and frightening at the same time. Moving at high speed these storms can carry rain, debris and dust thousands of feet into the air.
Wait Out The Storm
Causing delayed flights and dangerous driving conditions as well as serious respiratory problems for young and old alike, haboobs are a weather phenomenon that should be avoided if possible. One of the best ways to avoid the negative effects of one of these dangerous dust storms is to seek shelter as quickly as possible. Going indoors and closing all windows and doors is typically the best option. Those driving in a vehicle should immediately pull over or find some type of protected area to park and wait out the storm. High-speed winds carrying sand can literally sandblast the finish right off of a vehicle. Staying safe when these storms approach should always be a top priority. Contact Hastings and Hastings for Phoenix personal injury legal assistance if you have been hurt through no fault of your own.