Pilot Captures Unbelievable Photo of a Haboob Sweeping over Phoenix

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  1. bradl macrumors 68040

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    I was working out of our disaster recovery site in Las Vegas yesterday, and while doing some planespotting and listening to ATC at the dedicated parking area next to the runways at McCarran Int'l airport, ATC was notifying a lot of PHX-bound flights that they were being delayed anywhere from 40 minutes to 3.5 hours because of weather in the area.

    Then I saw this.

    I was going to start out with defining what a haboob is, but the article would do better than I could, so here's the story, with pics and video to show. Enjoy.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...evable-photo-of-haboob-sweeping-over-phoenix/

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    There's video for this as well:



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  2. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    Pretty incredible event, footage and pics
    Looks very much like the scene from the first Mummy movie
    Thanks for posting
     
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    Striking images and to the OP - thank you for sharing with us.
     
  6. Huntn macrumors P6

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    Question, does anyone in this country refer to it as a Haboob? I had to look it up. I thought we called them dust or sand storms? Pretty pics though. :p
     
  7. bradl thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Does it matter? I mean, think of all the dirty jokes you can make. ;)

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  8. Huntn macrumors P6

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    We certainly don't need, wait, only my wife and the people at the pool get to see my ha-boobs... :oops::p
     
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    You get some crazy extreme weather in the USA, we just get different types of rain here. :D
     
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    I've read that Europe does get tornadoes, but not nearly as common as the Midwest U.S.
     
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    Wow, that's amazing photography there! Kind of looks scary too.
     
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    In cornwall we know it summer coz the rain is warmer, lol
    We get plenty of sideways rain too!
     
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    We do but they are pretty tame compared to what you get.

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  14. Huntn macrumors P6

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    So no category 5s. That looks like a 1.

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    F2 according to the Wiki.
     
  16. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    A haboob specifically refers to a thunderstorm that collapses in this way and kicks up lots of sand and dirt. It seems in the meteorological community dust or sand storms are more generalized terms.
     
  17. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    Wow! Thanks for sharing! That is just amazing to see from the air.
     
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    Wow! I know I'm late to the game, but DAMN!
    That is some crazy **** that gets entire chapters in the <religious text of your choosing>.
     
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  20. bradl thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Obligatory Mater from Cars quote:

    Having been through a couple of F4s and an F5, I'd honestly say I'd prefer a tornado over an earthquake. At least you know when the tornado is coming.

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  21. Huntn macrumors P6

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    Well, I have not lived through a tornado, and have several (mild) earthquakes and I may be out on a limb here, but I'd prefer the earthquake if living in my house because I assume, while everything may come off the walls, the house most likely will still be standing, or be a bit damaged, but not a concrete slab wiped clean. :p
     
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    Yep, and some damn good haboob, too. Looks good on the side, and not flat and flappy, like other, possibly undesirable haboobs. :)

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  24. Solomani macrumors 68040

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    Probably "haboob" is used because it sounds more exotic, being a foreign loan word (Arabic it seems).

    Just like the word tsunami. Ya'll understand that the word tsunami is a loan word that came from Japanese, right? Of course we could call the event an "oceanic tidal wave of epic proportions usually as a result of an undersea earthquake". Or we could just use the word tsunami.

    But hey. I'm sure by now there is a nice compilation of haboob videos on YouTube, I guess we could call it the Haboob Tube.
     

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