These amazing (and eerie) pictures are from the major dust storm that took place in Phoenix, Arizona on the evening of July 5, 2012. Dust storms are a normal thing in Arizona but this one was so big that the local weather station called it a “100 year storm”. The storm had wind speeds of up to 50 miles per hour and brought visibility to near zero. The dust storm covered about 100 miles and the dust reached heights of 5,000 feet, almost a mile.
HH: This is not so far from my house. I remember that one because it was so wide.
I dreamed of the Calima (Calima, a dust wind originating in the Saharan Air Layer) last night. It was the name of the horse I was riding in my dream - so I went to find a photo of it this afternoon
For those of you who haven’t see one before the satellite photo is a great example of how the dust moves. It starts in Africa and moves across the Atlantic. As it crosses the islands the heat gets held in by the dust and it is therefore very hot.
Somali refugees lead their herds of goats home for the night, inside Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, Sunday, July 10, 2011. U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres said Sunday that drought-ridden Somalia is the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world after meeting with refugees who endured unspeakable hardship to reach the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. Rebecca Blackwell / AP