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Tuesday, 17 July 2007 04:31

I just happened to catch this. An incredibly impressive haboob that nailed Phoenix, Arizona on Monday!


For those that don't know, a Haboob is a term for an intense dust storm that is often very striking in appearance, as you can see from the above video. While these happen most often in desert climates (such as Arizona in the U.S.) they can happen in other areas as well, especially if most of the terrain is agriculture.

Here are some tips from the Arizona Department of Transportation in dealing with one of these events should you ever encounter one.

Quick Safety Tips:

  • Pull off the roadway
  • Stop
  • Turn off all vehicle lights
  • Set your emergency brake and take foot off the brake
  • Buckle up


Guidelines for Traveling in Dust Storms:
  • NEVER stop in the travel lane
  • Travel at a speed suitable for limited visibility
  • If you can't pull off the road, turn your LIGHTS ON
  • Sound your horn intermittently
  • Use the painted lane striping to guide you
  • If possible, look for a safe place to PULL OFF THE ROAD


If you do pull off the road, observe the following safety tips:
  • Set your emergency brake
  • Take your foot off the brake pedal
  • Turn off all vehicle lights
  • Wait out the storm

When returning to the pavement, be aware that the road may be slippery and in some cases, pavement markings may be obscured by sand and dust blown on the road. Rain frequently accompanies dust storms and will cause slippery conditions.

Drive carefully.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2009 04:40
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