The Phoenix Haboob of July 5th, 2011

People have asked how to buy prints of the haboob. You can do so right here: Black & White or Color. If you would like to license the video or images, please contact me via the contact form.

There are really not many words to describe this dust storm, or what we call it here (and they also do in places like the Sahara Desert)…a haboob.

This was a haboob of a lifetime. I’ve lived in Phoenix for my entire 35 years of existence and have never seen anything like this before. It was incredible. I stood on the top of a 4-story parking garage just off 7th street and McDowell and couldn’t believe it. Some dude raced up next to me a bit too late with a video camera. People were snapping photos and posting them EVERYWHERE like madmen, me included.

This is a timelapse of the haboob. I wish I could have lasted five more seconds, but the dust was so thick, daytime turned into night instantaneously.

Below are two images from the haboob, one in color and one in B&W!

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  1. Simon aka Pixel Alchemist
    Simon aka Pixel Alchemist says:

    this is incredible Mike.this Storm has also made international News ( seen in New Zealand Main Channel News coverage) . However the news coverage I saw was no where as awesome as what you have just captured. thanks for sharing this incredible event.

  2. Bryan H
    Bryan H says:

    WOW…utterly speechless…I wish I could have been there to watch that roll in like that.

  3. Jerry Ferguson
    Jerry Ferguson says:

    Kudos on being prepared and thinking fast on this. I was shooting engagements in Gilbert and didn’t even notice the MASSIVE wall of dust until 45 seconds before it hit us. Let me know the next time you guys plan on doing a photowalk.

  4. Karl Sefcik
    Karl Sefcik says:

    Wow, talk about being in the right place at the right time (with the right equipment, that is totally awesome. I have some friends I’ll direct here, they live in Canada, and may not have seen this.

  5. Billy Barker
    Billy Barker says:

    Amazing time-lapse! I live in AZ and was already home when all of this took place and didn’t even know it until watching the late local news. I will follow you on twitter for sure!

  6. Britishbees
    Britishbees says:

    Mike,

    Thanks for sharing this fantastic video. To see the ‘haboob’ like this is amazing. I love the black and white still you captured. This was our first ‘dust storm’ and of course it just happened to be ‘biggest one’ for years 🙂

  7. bill richards
    bill richards says:

    HOWDY , I LIVED IN MOROCCO FOR A YEAR + , THANKS TO UNCLE SAM …. WE WERE MILES AND MILES OUT IN THE DESERT , SAW THESE THINGS ALMOST DAILY …. THE LOCALS CALLED THINGS , SOROCCOS …. NEVER HEARD THE TERM HABOOB …. THANKS FOR THE GREAT PHOTOS !!!!!!!!!! BILL

  8. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Fantastic work! Never thought I’d see this in the US. Although we have our fair share of desert, we don’t typically have the other conditions to produce this.

    The weather sure is going wonky!

  9. Scottie K
    Scottie K says:

    Your logistical effort paid off- the view of that storm was incredible but your footage was superb! I truly enjoyed it!
    And the lightning storm footage as well!

  10. Lauri
    Lauri says:

    That is SO INCREDIBLE. I love the vantage point you chose for this and the use of time lapse. I grew up out there with the dust storms…always thought they were fun. But this one…wow. I probably would have been freaked out a little.

  11. Cristi Zbella
    Cristi Zbella says:

    That is absolutely incredible! I think I watched it 30 times now and have shared it with all my email contacts. Jaw dropping! Great job. And I also saw the footage, and YOU, on Channel 3 news.

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