If climate predictions are correct, it will become hotter, drier and dustier in Arizona over the coming decades. That means giant dust storms like the recent haboobs in Phoenix and Tucson will become more frequent.
A dust storm moves through a mine-tailings site near Dewey-Humboldt, where University of Arizona researchers are studying dust storms and weather.
A haboob passed by Sky Harbor International Airport as it headed north to downtown Phoenix on July 18, 2011. The dust wall was about 3,000 feet high.
"Haboob" is a word long used by meteorologists but until recently rarely seen by the general public. That changed in 2011 and 2012 when the deadly dust storms added an increased hazard to the drive from Tucson to Phoenix.
The Arizona Department of Transportation announced today that it's launching a contest to discover the most creative haiku about Arizona's dust storms. Dubbed the "haboob haiku" challenge, ADOT wants to combine Monsoon Safety Awareness Week information with a little bit of fun.
High winds that brought a large dust storm through Tucson this afternoon have calmed down.
July was hot — just as you might have expected. It was the 16th
hottest on record; and through seven months, 2011 is already the
19th warmest recorded.
An almost two-mile wall of dust, known as haboob, descended upon
the Phoenix metro area yesterday, reducing visibility and causing
flight delays at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.