VIDEO: Massive Haboob Swallows Arizona, Crippling Interstate Traffic
A monster haboob took over southwest Arizona, or, swallowed it, depending on how you view the incredible video footage. Storm chaser Reed Timmer, typically known for his prowess at chasing tornadoes, was on the scene to get incredible footage of the haboob monster as it completely crippled traffic on I-8.
Haboobs are formed when out flowing winds from thunderstorms, or monsoons, collect dust and contain it in a dense moving spectacle that often envelops a region in complete darkness and difficult breathing circumstances. Often, haboobs cause disaster on the roadways because drivers either don’t expect them or don’t realize just how low visibility will drop when they enter the haboob.
The National Weather Serivce reports most haboobs in the United States in the southwest region where monsoonal conditions overlay arid, dusty desert regions during spring and summer.
Here’s some stunning 4K timelapse footage taken from the same haboob.
NEW: 4k time-lapses of monster #HABOOB between Gila Bend and Yuma, Arizona yesterday along Interstate 8 churning up sand, even small debris, mold/fungus, etc as it churned across the desert yesterday evening. INCREDIBLE scene of extreme nature @accuweather @mad_WX #Monsoon2018 pic.twitter.com/Jn7zUrg6O4
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) July 10, 2018
If you are unfortunate enough to get stuck driving during a haboob, make sure you don’t stop on the roadway. This could lead to a dangerous, life-threatening accident. Instead, pull over on the side of the roadway. Put on your emergency breaks and turn off the car’s lights. Keep your windows closed and allow the haboob to pass.
Always heed dust storm or haboob warnings. If you don’t have to drive, don’t.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.