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Rare dust storm sweeps through Wash. state

Rare Dust Storm Sweeps Through Wash. State

A combination of weather conditions had parts of the Evergreen State looking more like the Sahara on Tuesday.

This massive dust storm -- also known as a haboob, as many outlets eagerly pointed out -- rolled through eastern Washington on the back of heavy winds caused by a storm.

KHQ-TV reports: It changed day to near night in minutes yesterday. It caused several crashes yesterday afternoon and into the evening, temporarily shut down I-90 west of Ritzville.

As Spokane newspaper The Spokesman-Review reports, the storm that caused the haboob was strong enough to knock over trees, down powerlines and cause three separate brush fires.

This summer's dry conditions in the state have already produced what is reportedly the worst wildfire Washington has ever seen -- the Carlton Complex Fire, which was also started by lightning strikes.

It was the dust storm that grabbed national attention, though, with Fox News picking up the story as well as MSNBC.

Although outlets reported storms like this are rare, they're not unheard of in the region.

KREM reports that the National Weather Service says we see major dust storms like this once about every two years.

In fact, less than a year ago, Washington saw another big dust storm in the same part of the state.

Still, haboobs tend to stick to much more arid environments like deserts, and in the U.S. they're most common in the Southwest, near the Sonoran Desert.

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rothhammer1 August 14 2014 at 6:58 AM

Okay... time for the self- anointed to get all in a dither about this being referred to as a 'haboob.'

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Tutu rothhammer1 August 14 2014 at 12:47 PM

Agreed...some need to learn that is an old term that weather forecasters use for many years ago....

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fred August 14 2014 at 7:22 AM

So how come the local folks didn't riot and loot? Oh, wait......never mind.

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belldn3 August 14 2014 at 7:45 PM

Charlie Sheen's dream day.

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olan5tops August 14 2014 at 3:22 PM

Barstow California gets several sand storms (haboobs) a year. They don't make the news, but you can go see one if you wait there a few weeks.

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mgnficntoz August 14 2014 at 12:55 PM

What kind of a sap refers to it as a haboob?

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olan5tops mgnficntoz August 14 2014 at 3:25 PM

Anyone one that wants to use an Arabic word for the rolling sand in the air will say haboob. We use the Japanese word Tsunami all the time in English too.

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Buckingham's August 14 2014 at 12:49 PM

When it hit, it was like somebody turned on a wind machine. Crazy.

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Tutu August 14 2014 at 12:46 PM

Ok so it was not the entire state but the desert side of the state....

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bjredmond64 August 14 2014 at 9:50 AM

think it is end times and Jesus is returning soon.

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stephen.sybert bjredmond64 August 14 2014 at 10:49 AM

That's been said in every generation since Christ. You can only hope. For what, is up to you.

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k_hinkel August 14 2014 at 8:18 AM

Shut off HAARP!

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steel_nuts August 14 2014 at 8:36 PM

Rare. Were does aol get there info. A garbage can

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