"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.
Oho will hit parts of British Columbia and Alaska with drenching rain, gusty winds and pounding seas before the week comes to an end.
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Joaquin continues its journey across the northern Atlantic toward Europe, where it is expected to reach Spain and Portugal this weekend.
Winter will kick off with mild weather in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic as an intensifying El Nino influences the weather pattern across the country.
Beginning in the evening hours of Oct. 8 and continuing through Oct. 9, the peak of the Draconid meteor shower will become visible to eager stargazers.
Choi-wan is weakening and set to lose its tropical characteristics by Thursday night, but that will not prevent northern Japan and neighboring Russia from facing strong winds, heavy rain and pounding seas.
New England (1962)
Hurricane Daisy produced heavy rains; Reading, MA received 12.10 inches from 5-7th; floods and tide damage in eastern New England/Nova Scotia.
Puerto Rico (1970)
Floods caused "most widespread natural disaster in recent years". A total of 38.42 inches of rain fell in 6 days, causing $62 million damage; 18 people were killed.
Seattle, WA (1981)
Four inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the city.