"This is a timelapse of the Phoenix Sandstorm from Maricopa, AZ that hit at 5.30 PM" on June 16, YouTube poster whittakerbrock wrote.
Dust storms are common in the southwestern U.S. during the summer, which is the region's monsoon season. During the monsoon, an overall shift in winds across the Southwest draw in tropical moisture, resulting in a significant increase in thunderstorm activity and rainfall.
Thunderstorms that develop can produce strong downdrafts, or "downbursts", which are powerful winds that blast downward and outward from the thunderstorms.
When this happens, dry, loose sand on the desert floors can get kicked up, creating a wall of dust that travels outward, spanning a much larger area than the thunderstorm itself.
Dust storms that develop in this way are also called haboobs. They can happen in desert regions across the world.
The American Red Cross, along with partners such as AccuWeather, have teamed up on June 2 to raise awareness and donations to help disaster victims around the world.
El Nino is forecast to last into the fall of 2015, but will it be enough to break expanding drought conditions along the Pacific coast of the United States?
Tuesday is slated to be an active day in the northern Plains as severe thunderstorms impact the region.
Andres has begun to weaken over the eastern Pacific, but a new threat has developed closer to Mexico.
Following a southward push of cool, dry air at midweek, clouds, showers and higher humidity will return to the Northeast.
Rescue efforts are ongoing on the Yangtze River in the Hubei province of China after a cruise boat ran into stormy weather.
Washington, DC (1889)
Great flood on the Potomac took out a span of the Long Bridge -- stage not equalled until March 1936.
Rockaway, NJ (1915)
Snow showers reported by press (Morris County).
Alexandria, VA (1945)
Severe thunderstorm dropped hailstones the size of oranges in a 20 x 40 mile area, shattering 14,000 window panes.