Photos of the Phoenix haboob have been circulating on social media since the giant dust storm swept into the city on Monday night.
The haboob was on the outskirts of the Phoenix metro area around sundown last night which provided Twitter photographers with a great opportunity to capture some fantastic images.
Users have been passing the photos around on Twitter today and some of them are pretty amazing.
The haboob, which is defined as a “violent dust storm or sand storm,” brought 60 mph winds to the Phoenix area and dropped visibility to below a quarter mile.
The Weather Channel reports that the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport had to temporarily halt all inbound and outbound flights while the storm came into the city. There have been no reports of injuries or severe property damage yet.
Phoenix residents were also lucky that rain started to fall shortly after the haboob left the area. The rain washed away much of the dirt. Unfortunately, it also closed a few road closures as the runoff left mud and rocks on the streets.
Here are some photos of the Phoenix haboob.
— Bruce Haffner (@chopperguyhd) August 27, 2013
— Matt McMurry (@mcmurrymatt) August 27, 2013