Apocalyptic Time-Lapse Video of Massive Phoenix Dust Storm

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This isn’t space and astronomy-related, but this video of the massive dust storm that swept through the Phoenix area yesterday is just amazing, if not apocalyptic! Mike Olbinski, a photographer from the area shot this timelapse, and on his website says, “There are really not many words to describe this dust storm, or what we call it here (and they also do in places like the Sahara Desert)…a haboob. This was a haboob of a lifetime. I’ve lived in Phoenix for my entire 35 years of existence and have never seen anything like this before. It was incredible.”

Olbinski stood on the top of a 4-story parking garage and said people everywhere were snapping photos and video, “like madmen.”

Olbinski says he wishes he could have shot five more seconds of video, but the dust was so thick, daytime turned into night instantaneously. He also has an amazing collection of storm images and videos posted on his website.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous
July 6, 2011 7:14 PM

Great write-up of the haboob Nancy!

I still have a bit of a sore throat from being out in it making sure my observatory was buttoned up.

Stephane Labelle
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July 6, 2011 8:12 PM

It looks like if it was the end of the world!

Stephane Labelle
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July 6, 2011 8:12 PM

It looks like if it was the end of the world!

Ray Sanders
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July 6, 2011 8:14 PM

It wasn’t THAT bad. What’s crazy about these valley-wide dust storms is a lot of the time you can’t tell how big the storm is. Mike’s video almost makes it look like some sort of Hollywood CG effect and not something real.

Ray Sanders
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July 6, 2011 8:14 PM

It wasn’t THAT bad. What’s crazy about these valley-wide dust storms is a lot of the time you can’t tell how big the storm is. Mike’s video almost makes it look like some sort of Hollywood CG effect and not something real.

Sparks
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July 6, 2011 9:21 PM

Anthony Watts posted photos of the 22 August 2003 & Labor Day, 1972 dust storms that were
just as impressive. he was reporting about the environmentalists linking it to “climate change” without any factual basis other than “environmentalists” say so.

“…dust storms can be linked to climate change and poor farming practices”
The Atlantic

Torbjorn Larsson OM
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Torbjorn Larsson OM
July 7, 2011 3:20 PM

Are we trolled by anti-science climate denialists? Watts is a known climate denier, he obviously isn’t a source of reliable information on the climate.

FWIW, regional attribution of AGW is now possible to the sufficient confidence that climate scientists are satisfied. There was a 2010 WIREs paper on that research, though I can’t be troubled to dig it up if this was a trolling.

So maybe or maybe not there is a factual basis in such specific cases. Who cares what Watts thinks!? The main point is that AGW is observable and acts on regional level as well as global.

Lawrence B. Crowell
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Lawrence B. Crowell
July 7, 2011 4:33 PM
A single event like this can’t be cited as evidence of global warming. However, a statistical change in such occurrences might be such evidence. Climate science and meteorology are pretty far removed from my area of study. However, on a general (maybe even anecdotal) level there is little doubt that around here summers have been on average drier, and further the windy spring season is extending into summer. The last few years we have had very windy conditions persist far longer than usual, and winds whipped the Las Conchas fire that brushed Los Alamos. Windy conditions of that sort have only appeared recently, and this past June was really quite windy. This is in line with a general… Read more »
Dan D.
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Dan D.
July 7, 2011 8:11 PM

Precisely, no weather event, virtually by definition, can be linked specifically to any long term climate signal. This includes El Nino, the North Atlantic Oscillation, and the longer term trend of global warming. Trends of weather events over time *can* be, however. While climate science has matured to the point where we can be confident of global changes, individual regional impacts are still uncertain, but we are making strides in that direction as well.

Sparks
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July 7, 2011 6:09 PM
No, it was a fair comment pointing to more sources of information related to this topic, you are the one who sounds like they’re in denial of inconvenient information, I respect every ones opinion even someone with your discriminate attitude. I even respect your hanging on to a hypothesis that appears to be officially dead among the scientific community, It has been conceded by the majority of AGW proponents that “there has been no global warming present since 1998” and with the onset of the lower than usual solar activity and the main stream scientific community pointing towards a new “Maunder Minimum” and possibly a new “little ice age” it must take a lot of belief over observation… Read more »
Dan D.
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Dan D.
July 7, 2011 8:07 PM
Sorry, but your statement that AGW is “officially dead” in the scientific community is so far off the mark as to be laughable. I’m a research meteorologist, and I can tell you that AGW is affirmed by virtually everyone I work with, including those who are politically conservative. Why? Because the scientific evidence points in that direction. I myself used to be skeptical, but I was convinced by the evidence, not by the political antics of such as Al Gore. It’s certainly true that the media and even some scientists who should know better love to pick up any example of extreme weather and make unsubstantiated links to climate change. As annoying as this is, it doesn’t mean… Read more »
WaxyMary
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WaxyMary
July 7, 2011 8:54 PM
Do you truly expect anyone to “buy” what you are selling here? You link to an article about Ed on wiki and call that a good beginning for learning science, when it is plain for any looking to see at only a vague history of the man’s life work at that link. I would offer you a do-over but you already used it up with your FIRST POST of the EXACT same post as you have above, shame on your trolling this site. Check it yourself — 1:08 vs 1:09, please use the ‘refresh page, not from cache button’ to check your posting, or are you so poorly informed of this simple expediency which has been available in… Read more »
Sparks
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July 7, 2011 9:36 PM

I’m not selling anything, originally I was pointing out what was reported elsewhere on the subject to engage in friendly conversation, but in light of the reply I got I’m offering an educated opinion in kind, is that a crime?

WaxyMary
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WaxyMary
July 7, 2011 11:14 PM

Your educated opinion ain’t, just sayin’.

Mary
Who dislikes those acting as dumb as a post when they are only brighter than a street lamp by a few candles.

WaxyMary
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WaxyMary
July 7, 2011 11:14 PM

Your educated opinion ain’t, just sayin’.

Mary
Who dislikes those acting as dumb as a post when they are only brighter than a street lamp by a few candles.

Ken Lord
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July 7, 2011 10:36 PM
Sparks, I’m so glad you are interested in learning some science. Here’s the latest for you. http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2011/07/06/Sulfur-emissions-mask-global-warming/UPI-57601309979567/ I’m sure you can track down the actual paper if you are truly interested. The latest study on the pause in global warming you speak of indicates that it was due to a massive increase in sulfur released to the atmosphere as China ramped up it’s dirty coal burning power plants. The cooling effects of the sulfur masked the heating effects including the heating from their increased CO2 emissions. China has now greatly reduced it’s sulfur emissions, but CO2 remains. The pause will be over soon if it isn’t already. It’s happened before, the last ramp up in heating coming after… Read more »
Sparks
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July 8, 2011 2:29 AM
Hi Ken, I managed to track down the PDF linked from an article (I’ll provide the link below). I have two questions if you can answer them I’d be happy to hear your thoughts! Do you feel comfortable enough to accept the results from the tweaking of a statistical model that is known and has been accepted as a failure in showing the current cooling? And now that the model has been tweaked with a new set of variables would you not agree with me in saying that the interpretation of the new variables are as yet unknown and therefore remain purely conjecture? Judith Curry has written a review and commented on her blog about this paper and… Read more »
DrFlimmer
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DrFlimmer
July 6, 2011 9:25 PM

RUUUUUNNNNN!!!!

But the black&white shot is even more stunning, incredible.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
July 7, 2011 12:06 PM

Excellent

Eric Scott Sembrat
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Eric Scott Sembrat
July 7, 2011 2:44 PM

Best video/time lapse I’ve seen of this so far. Amazing quality and depth.

The clouds instantaneously appearing above the haboob just freaks me out. Very cool stuff.

Sparks
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July 7, 2011 6:08 PM
No, it was a fair comment pointing to more sources of information related to this topic, you are the one who sounds like they’re in denial of inconvenient information, I respect every ones opinion even someone with your discriminate attitude. I even respect your hanging on to a hypothesis that appears to be officially dead among the scientific community, It has been conceded by the majority of AGW proponents that “there has been no global warming present since 1998” and with the onset of the lower than usual solar activity and the main stream scientific community pointing towards a new “Maunder Minimum” and possibly a new “little ice age” it must take a lot of belief over observation… Read more »
Mike Olbinski
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July 9, 2011 6:54 AM

Just wanted to add my thanks to Universe Today for linking to this video and my blog! It’s been an awesome week for me personally, have been having a ton of fun!

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