July 11, 2018 10:26 am
Updated: July 11, 2018 10:35 am

Incredible images show Arizona dust storm that looks like Armageddon

ABOVE: Helicopter footage captures veritable wall of dust moving across Phoenix, AZ

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Parts of Arizona were engulfed by monsoon weather this week, sending a wall of dust across a portion of the state, resembling Armageddon.

For the third consecutive day on Tuesday, the Phoenix area was swallowed by a massive wall of dust, turning daylight into darkness for more than hour, bringing high winds and thunderstorms to the metropolitan area.

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The U.S. National Weather Service said the thick wall of dust reduced visibility to less than 400 metres. The storm packed winds over 80 km/h, ripping off the roof of at least one apartment building. No injuries were reported.

WATCH: Wall of dust barrels through Phoenix

Dust storms are common during Arizona’s monsoon season, which runs from mid-June to the end of September, and the storms put on quite the show. The National Weather Service said dust storms, also known as Haboobs, occur as a result of outflow winds from strong thunderstorms. The winds can cause a dust storm, reducing visibility at a rapid pace.

According the weather agency, Haboobs can be kilometres long and reach thousands of metres high.

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Photos and video show the slow moving wall of dust, engulfing landscape as it crosses portions of the state. The blue sky quickly turns to orange sending areas into almost darkness.

Here’s a look at some of incredible images of Arizona’s dust storms.

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Absolutely incredible footage @jessewatsonphoto ・・・ Here is yesterday's monster Haboob that screamed across the southern Arizona desert!! Shots were taken from Tacna, Welton, and Yuma. This week has been absolutely incredible for shooting. Last night marked my third haboob this week and by far the largest I've ever seen in my life, it was monstrous!!! Gear: @nikonusa D810 (x2) Nikon 14-24mm Nikon 24-70mm @pnyusa 512GB Elite SD Cards @mindshiftgear MP-1 bag – @weatherchannel @streetartglobe @sciencealert @cloudappsoc #arizona #visitarizona #huffpostgram #weroamarizona #explorearizona #beautifulplanet #arizonaisgorgeous #haboob #haboobs #azwx #monsoon #monsoonseason #monsoons #monsoonmagic #monsoon2018 #itsamazingoutthere #itsamazing #timelapse #timelapseart #timelapsetuesday #arizonahiking #arizonahighways #weatherchannel #arizonalandscape #nikonusa #ig_stormclouds #natgeolandscape #combatlearjet

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I think the following statement will be obvious but today ranks as one of the top chases we have EVER had! We decided to head south early in the afternoon southwest of Casa Grande and then we sat and waited … and waited … and waited. We were there waiting for a line of storms we were expecting to form in hopes of a good haboob (dust storm) and at first, nothing. Everything that popped would quickly die. Then a friend sent a text and asked if we were on the wall of dust? What?! We asked where and then we looked on the radar to see a dust storm hitting the east side of Phoenix. Have to say, it wasn't the greatest feeling since we were way too far away to get to it. Still we had hope in our storms firing and shortly after they did and in a major way. In the distance we spotted the wall of dust we were so patiently (maybe not so patiently) waiting for. From there this thing grew into a monster and we struggled to stay in front of it for over 3 hours landing close to the California border before being overtaken one last time near dark. At one point before this image was taken we were overcome by storm and ended up in visibility at total zero at points, not being able to see beyond the hood of the car. We almost gave up, thinking there was no way we would emerge but just about then we came through the other side and this was our view … the largest and thickest haboob we have ever seen! It was stunning, awe-inspiring and humbling. Truly one of the most amazing sights we have ever seen and at sunset no less! Just wow … #weather #haboob #duststorm #stormchase #stormchasing #stormchaser #igsouthwest #ig_stormclouds #azfamily #landscapephotography #landscapeworkshop #sunset #stunnersoninsta #arizona #monsoonseason #monsoon #weatherchannel

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Tacna Haboob —– Watch in 4k with Audio on FB! —– Persistence paid off for me as I caught my first Haboob this monsoon season near Gila Bend yesterday but it wasn't easy! I was chasing a different storm down in Tucson when this wall of dust formed in Eloy and it was already massive by the time I was on the I-10 in Marana. I kept seeing photos from my storm chasing friends of how insane it was so I knew I had to capture it. I almost turned around after an hour of driving because I didn't think I was going to get ahead of it but I figured it would be better to kick myself for trying than not so I kept driving. Once I reached Gila Bend, there was already a ton of rain and about 5% visibility driving through all the dust and I had 20 mins before the sunset and still no sign of any clearing. It must have taken me an extra hour just to drive through the beast! I was very discouraged. Then boom! I saw the sun through the dust and I pumped my fists as I made it out of the dust. I quickly took the next exit where I saw fellow storm chasers set up on the overpass so I gave them a quick honk and set up down the road from them. 6 minutes later the haboob overtook me and we chased it further west. It was extremely difficult to get ahead of this massive haboob since I was late to the game but so happy I didn't turn around. This is the BEST haboob I've ever captured. The thing was cooking and it took me all the way to Yuma before I called it quits and drove the 4 hours back home. Anyways, I hope you enjoy it! Enjoy the BTS video on my Monsoon 2018 story highlight 🤙🏼 ———— Cameras: Sony A7s2 Canon 6D Lenses: Tamron 15-30 F/2.8 Canon 16-35 L F/2.8 Accessories: Miops Trigger for Timelapse PNY 128GB Elite SD Cards Vanguard Alta Pro 2 Carbon Fiber Tripods Music – Tony Anderson – No Place on Earth

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Wild day yesterday, and it all started when we woke up in Blythe around 8am, raced home, then blasted south to Three Points for severe weather before getting back on Interstate 8 for the main attracting. I kinda had the entire day mapped out before breakfast based on models and how this same deal happened on July 29th, 2016…and sure enough it played out the same way. Except BETTER. Because this time the storms were early. And we had 150 miles and hours to stay in front of a churning, dense haboob. From driving through it near Stanfield, to a gorgeous haboob approaching Vekol Road, then it was to Gila Bend and after that is when it really came to life and was a dream to chase all the way to Yuma. Better yet was the fact that this wall of dust was so thick, NO traffic came from the east for at least an hour. All it was was about 5-7 storm chasers leapfrogging each other, jumping out along Interstate 8, hootin', hollering, high-fiving…it was a blast to share the day with John Sirlin, Greg McCown, Reed Timmer, Adri Mozeris, Trey Greenwood, Mark Rebilas, Jesse Watson and Sean Parker. Kevin Rimcoski was there too, never saw him though! And Tina Wright and Kevin as well, great to run into eveveryone! Lots of frames to share, people are likely sick of our phots, video and the word haboob, but oh well :) This is a frame from a time-lapse shot from Tacna overlooking Interstate 8. It was an incredible sight at sunset and one I wont soon forget. #mop #mikeolbinski #mopphotos #instagramaz #see_arizona #igsouthwest #ig_stormclouds #earthfocus #earthpix #discoverearth #canon #stormhour #igworldclub #monsoon #storms #madwx #azwx #haboob

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Waking up tired as hell after a crazy afternoon/evening chasing one of the biggest haboobs (nope sorry its not a dust storm) that I have ever seen or shot. This shot was taken from an overpass above Interstate 8 in Tacna, AZ on about the 5th approach of the wall I was able to shoot. Since the haboob is moving at about 40-50mph it was easy to shoot it till it reached my spot then hop in the car and haul ass west to punch through the front of the wall and do it again. I nearly lost my mind when the sun got low enough to light everything up with awesome pastel colors. Ended up driving over 400 miles (and found gas station in middle of nowhere with 11 miles to empty) in this chase. Special thanks to weather photo stud Mike Olbinski for all the help with this chase. Now that I got a good haboob shot out of the way for the season I am now hoping for some awesome lightning shots… maybe starting tonight! #CanonLove

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