Haboob to Monsoon to Microburst….

Heading home and slow-going with the west-bound traffic at exactly 6:30 pm yesterday…with a good view of the approaching storm.

Getting closer…bigger….

Eleven minutes later in the below photograph…wasn’t difficult driving, but it was hard to make quality one-handed photographs with the truck blowing side to side….

Very often we see these desert wind storms, dust storms, or haboobs making a lot of noise and throwing a bunch of crap in the air with not much else happening…

…or not happening in our particular part of town, anyway.  It’s often that one side of town gets the dust and another side gets the rain….

So it was nice to finally see some rain drops populate the windscreen on the truck…heading north on the 303 now from the I-10…at 6:55 pm in the below photo.

Wipers are coming on soon….

Looking west toward the White Tank Mountains in the below photo…huge dumping of rain….

The above photo (kind of sucks) is nowhere near as dramatic as this image from the Washington Post in July of 2016, but it’s still pretty cool…rain bomb…micro-burst….

Broken trees blowing onto the freeway off ramp…getting close to home….

It’s 7:06 pm in the above photo…36 minutes since the first photo above….

A welcome river of rain washing down our neighborhood street above….

And this is the morning after…two broken tree tops…which is very minimal compared to what I found in other places in the neighborhood…huge trees that must have stood for close to 20 years blown over and crashed through walls and into houses…other big ones uprooted and laying into the street…beautiful mesquite trees in the park toppled over….

Wonderful summer rains in the desert….

9 responses

  1. Pretty boring here in contrast . . . well, we have the lava flow, but not close to us. Although, the resulting volcanic smog is a bother . . . but hopefully, the hurricane heading our way will blow some of it away.

    . . . I guess there are no boring places to live . . . take care and stay safe.

    August 3, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    • Haboobs and volcanoes….no, it’s not boring…. Thank you, Emilio…hopefully you’ll be safe, as well….

      August 10, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    • Thanks; we did and we are.

      August 11, 2018 at 3:54 am

  2. Sounds pretty wild to me. You’re sure not making Phoenix sound like much of a place to move to…? I guess our spot could be considered relatively boring unless one of the plates under us slips. We get lots of smoke from wildfires. Seems more and more of the West Coast is burning up. That adds a bit of excitement from time to time.

    Isn’t Haboob a term that comes out of the MidEast deserts?

    August 3, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    • Yes, it’s kind of wild sometimes, Gunta…and no, I’m not trying to make it too inviting…there’s already enough traffic and pollution!!

      Those slipping plates could make things rather exciting, given your proximity to the coast…and yes, “Haboob” does come from the middle east languages…and as Emilio provided us a couple of posts back, it is the correct meteorological term for dust storms….

      August 10, 2018 at 8:41 pm

  3. Great series of photos! I remember that weather well.

    August 4, 2018 at 9:22 am

    • Thank you, Terry…and these storms would be hard to forget…even after so many years!

      August 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm

  4. Joe remembers those Blowing Dust signs from when he lived in Phoenix…what a storm this one was, really too bad it took down precious trees, that take time to grow. I’m sure the rain felt good though, and then you made this interesting post, which really tells the story, a story most people know nothing about.

    August 5, 2018 at 10:04 am

    • It is too bad about the trees, Lynn…and they are precious, too…as is/was the nurturing rain….

      August 10, 2018 at 8:45 pm

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