An early spring dust storm – May 9th, 2012

I got hit by and outraced this dust storm three times. First time I saw it and got hit was down by Eloy. I sped ahead of it on I-10, pulled over on highway 387 and shot it while looking west. I loved the juxtaposition of the cloud moving west while the dust storm moved north-northwest. That’s the first half of the timelapse.

Then I raced up I-10 again and pull over on Queen Creek Road as it rolled into Phoenix. When you watch, notice the little “gust-nadoes” spinning along the front of the dust wall!

Hope you enjoy! This is only May for the love!

Update: Here’s a zoomed in look at the gustnados. Those cars and that sign are Interstate 10.

  • Bryan Snider

    It’s a Haboob no it’s a dust storm no its just Mike Olbinski making me jealous over his awesome weather stuff!

  • Clif

    I dig the way the dust and clouds simultaneously develop. And the “gust-nadoes.” Awesome captures!

  • Zach Frailey

    Awesome Mike! So looking forward to monsoon season, go get ’em!

  • Eje Gustafsson

    Loved how you could see some rotation in the clouds in the first shot very clearly and in the second shot those dust devils (gustnados as you called them) looks so cool. Had to rewind and watch that part again. This is great work love how smooth and nice the video is and no flickering at all. Nailed it.

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  • Bob Lussier

    Wow. Great work, Mike. I never get tired of your storm shots and time lapse stuff. Absolutely captivating.

  • Jim Denham

    Awesome Mike!

  • Eric

    We’ll be nick naming you “Dusty” soon.
    Nice shots!

  • Erin

    Very nice! Good captures! Love it! And envious of course…but I did sit around and watch (and listened) from my patios. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Justin

    I said it already on facebook, but it bears repeating – I could watch those clouds gather all day.

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  • Patience

    Wow! Amazing footage! Looks like you got swallowed up in it at the end. I hope it didn’t get in your car!

  • Carl

    Awesome, Mike! I truly enjoy your photography.

  • Gary W.

    Excellent work as always, Mike!

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  • Chris Maskell

    Awesome timelapse Mike