Dust storm runs through Phoenix
The powder, also known as haboob Arabic and throughout Arizona, was formed in Pinal County and moved northeast, reaching Phoenix at 5:30 pm
The wall of dust was about 3,000 meters high and created winds 25 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 40 miles per hour, said Austin Jamison, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Visibility was reduced to less than a quarter mile in some areas, he said.
“You suddenly has very poor visibility that come with all the dense dust in the air,” he said. “With poor visibility, making driving conditions dangerous and that is undoubtedly the greatest impact.”
There were no immediate reports of road accidents due to the storm, which began to clear within an hour to move in. The Department of Public Safety did not immediately return a request for information on road conditions.
Some departing flights to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport were delayed by the storm, said airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez.
Arriving flights from nearby cities like Los Angeles were arrested until the storm cleared, he said. I did not know how many flights were delayed or canceled if they were.
Another giant dust storm in Arizona caught the attention of the world on 5 July. That storm brought a wall a mile high dust ended airline flights, knocking out power to hundreds of people and went swimming in pools of mud.
Jamison said the storm on Monday was not as powerful or as large as the last, and do not last long.
“It’s a bit like a ripple in a pond which extends slows and fades,” he said.
Rodriguez said that visibility at the airport was better Monday than it was during the July 05 storm, which is based flight for 45 minutes.
“It’s not as bad as it was,” he said. “It’s small, but not terrible.”
Climate experts say haboobs only occur in Arizona, the Sahara and parts of the Middle East due to dry conditions and large amounts of sand.
Pollution levels are fired during the dust storms and create even more respiratory problems for people with asthma and other similar conditions.
The powder also brings an increase in a disease called Valley fever, a fungal pneumonia. Valley fever develops in the southwest warm and dry in the ground a few meters below the surface of the earth, but can be caused by construction, wind and other activities.