The Great Haboob Dust Storm Swallows Phoenix Airport

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An apocalyptically massive dust storm rolled over Phoenix on Wednesday, blocking out the sun, grounding flights and coating the city in a layer of grit. Phoenix Sky Harbor airport was closed for over an hour, causing delays nationwide.

The dust wall, which is technically called the haboob, was at least 5,000 feet tall when the storm socked-in Phoenix according to the National Weather Service.

The storm was captured from just about every angle by amateur videographers, who had concocted a piece meal documentary by early afternoon. The images were striking. The sky turned beige and then black as the cloud rolled over. The wall of the cloud simply ate up the landscape, rapidly enveloping and obscuring high rises and neighborhoods.

The airport reopened in the afternoon.

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