Timelapse Tuesday: Watch a dust storm sweep over a city | New Scientist TV
The dust storm that blanketed the city of Phoenix, Arizona, on July 5, 2011.
[…] Photographer Mike Olbinski captured the once-in-a-lifetime storm’s progress in this time-lapse film. “I’ve lived in Phoenix for 35 years and seen tons of dust storms. This was something else entirely,” he says.
Local meteorologists agree. While dust storms are common in the Sonoran Desert, where Phoenix is situated, this one reached extraordinary proportions. According to Phoenix’s National Weather Forecast Office, the cloud reached a maximum height of 1500 to 1800 metres, with its leading edge spanning 160 kilometres and spilling forwards at 64 kilometres per hour.