Monsoon season is here, meaning the rainy time period for the Southwest as showers and thunderstorms become more prevalent across the region. On Monday afternoon, numerous thunderstorms erupted, some of which became severe and created hoboobs. These hoboobs are basically dust storms but the difference is that they are formed by thunderstorms.
It’s been a very dry first half of the year with a widespread drought in place. Some parts of Arizona haven’t received any rainfall in weeks. Mix that with a heavy thunderstorm and you got yourself a dust storm, or haboob, as the strong winds and rain-cooled air pick up the sand and dirt from the ground.
These dust storms brought issues to the roadways, reducing visibility and causing several vehicular accidents, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, just in time for rush hour.
Not only was heavy rain a problem, especially near Phoenix, which triggered minor flash flooding, but high winds made for a more widespread issue. At the peak of the storm action, over 125,000 customers lost power statewide, most of which were in the Phoenix area as a result of the haboob that moved through. Downed trees and limbs for the main reason for the downed power lines.
The Phoenix Fire department is currently responding to numerous weather related emergencies. Please be safe, stay inside when possible and NEVER drive through flooded washes! pic.twitter.com/ziAyF38mml
— Phoenix Fire Dept. (@PHXFire) July 10, 2018
Cities like Phoenix and Tucson recorded record daily rainfall Monday, measuring 0.48 inches and 1.01 inches, respectively.
Featured image credit: Mike Olbinski