This is what we watched spread across the Phoenix skyline on Tuesday night.
It is called a Haboob
Photo courtesy Arizona Republic
Or in other words . . .
A powerful sandstorm caused when a thunderstorm collapses.
The intense winds then stir up loose sand as it travels across the ground.
This particular storm has been described as the most powerful in Phoenix over the past 100 years.
It reportedly was two miles high and traveled at speeds up to 60 miles an hour.
Pretty impressive, I must say.
And I almost missed it.
My daughter called from Colorado to tell me our storm was on their news. I asked, "What storm?" Then I looked out the front window and gasped. The storm was far in our distance, but we watched it travel about 20 miles in 20 minutes--completely engulfing everything in its path.
We were glad to be north of it and inside.
But storms like this and the fact that you can touch an outside doorknob at 7 in the morning and burn your hand
are good reasons why most of Arizona leaves town in July.
Which also doesn't make it the best time for a wedding.
But, the few people who remain in town should have a fun time when they come to Kristen's reception.
Only one more week to go!