Earlier this month, Phoenix experienced a sandstorm that will certainly go into the record books. Near sunset on the 5th of July, Phoenix was enveloped in sandstorm that extended up 3500 feet and was 60 miles wide. In a matter of seconds, the sky became dark, visibility was impossible and in many areas communities were without power.
While it is not uncommon for the southwest to have sandstorms between May and September this storm was definitely exceptional as one can see from the photos taken by news organizations. Another name for this kind of storm is called "Haboob", which is an Arabic name. These kinds of storms are also quite common in Arabia, North Africa, and India. When this storm struck earlier this month, there was certainly a science fiction quality to the eeriness of this event.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.