Dust Storm


Monsoon season begins in Arizona today. Here’s a dust storm (haboob) moving across the airport in timelapse view from the 2016 monsoon season.


Dust storm Dust Bowl Vintage photo postcard. / src: Crafty Dogma

“Manzanar, California. Dust storm at this War Relocation Authority center where evacuees of Japanese ancestry are spending the duration.” 7/3/1942

Lange, Dorothea, 1895-1965, Photographer. Series: Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority, 1942 - 1945. Record Group 210: Records of the War Relocation Authority, 1941 - 1989

Professional photographers such as Dorothea Lange were commissioned by the War Relocation Authority to document the daily life and treatment of Japanese-Americans interned during World War II.  

More Resources Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Japanese American Internment at the National Archives


Videographer and photographer MIke Olbinski captured this clip of an approaching Arizona dust storm


Filmmaker and storm Chaser Mike Olbinski presents his latest work - a video tour of storm chasing in the western US in 2017. Side note - while teaching field camp up in Montana last summer, I actually managed to figure out the days we’d have severe weather by following this storm chaser and when he arrived in that state! Original caption to this video is below:

Early on this summer when I found myself down by Santa Rosa, AZ watching a gorgeous hail core fall on the stunning desert landscape, and then later that day staring at a haboob with a stacked shelf cloud above it near the border of Mexico, I had a feeling it would be a unique monsoon. It’s funny how every year is different. That’s the beauty of chasing the summer storm season out here in the desert southwest. You never know what’s going to happen or what you might see.

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A powerful microburst fell onto the desert floor south of Gila Bend on August 13th, 2012. I was moments too late to capture the birth of it, but I timelapsed what I could.

You should get the idea of how these things form out of nothing…a strong draft of air falls from the thunderhead and explodes in all directions. When this happens out in the desert, the dust picks up and you can see how the air ripples outwards like in a pool of water.


Videographer Sean Parker takes you to the opening storms of Monsoon Season in Arizona, with a nice dust storm (Haboob) 1:30 in.