50 mile-wide massive dust storm descends on Phoenix Arizona

July 6, 2011PHOENIX (AP) — A massive dust storm descended on the Phoenix area on Tuesday night, drastically reducing visibility and delaying flights as strong winds toppled trees and caused power outages for thousands of residents in the valley. A wall of dust that towered over skyscrapers downtown swept across the desert from the south, and KSAZ-TV reported it appeared to be roughly 50 miles wide in some spots. The dust cloud briefly blanketed downtown Phoenix at around nightfall. The storm was part of the Arizona monsoon season, which typically starts in mid-June and lasts through Sept. 30. The National Weather Service says strong winds with gusts of more than 60 mph rapidly moved the dust cloud northwest through Project utility customers were left without power, KNXV-TV reported late Tuesday. Phoenix and the cities of Avondale, Tempe and Scottsdale. More than a dozen communities in the area also were placed under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. Some 8,000 Salt River Project utility customers were left without power, KNXV-TV reported late Tuesday. The Arizona Republic reported winds also downed live wires in Tempe that sparked a fire at a busy intersection, but firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. –Yahoo News
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9 Responses to 50 mile-wide massive dust storm descends on Phoenix Arizona

  1. John A says:

    My step-brother filmed an up close video of this. I’ll have to get a link to it.


  2. Tina Marie says:

    Alvin, it says it’s part of monsoon season in the article, but I can’t say that I’ve ever seen much about dust storms in Arizona before. Is this the norm and I’m just unaware or is it something rare?


    • I’ll leave that open for Arizona residents…This is certainly one of the largest I’ve seen reported.


      • Laurie says:

        dust storms are common, depending on where you are in Arizona, we have a lot of dry dirt which just blows away… we get lots of winds where I live but the experience I had living in Phoenix for a couple of years I would say this is rare.


  3. There are amazing parallels between the present day and the time of the Roaring 1920’s before the Great Depression, and the time of the Great Depression during the 1930’s, which was followed by WWII.

    1920’s – A time of great prosperity and wealth
    1930’s – The Great Depression and The Dust Bowl
    1940’s – War

    The Stock Market boom, the Housing boom etc. led to the great wealth effect of the mid 1990’s into 2007.
    Since 2007 the world has been in Economic Depression (although misidentified as a Recession by the media.)

    Will the Dust Bowl and War return soon to take us Back to the Future?


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