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WJLA, July 06, 2011

Holy haboob! A photo gallery of historic dust storms

After a haboob trailed dirt and sand all over Arizona Tuesday, many people were left agape at a weather phenomenon that seemed to have leaped across the seas from the Sahara Desert. But haboobs, or dust storms that are propelled in front of powerful low-pressure systems, have occurred throughout history in the U.S. Here's proof.

Black Sunday dust storm in the Plains

A haboobish dust cloud engulfs a Kansas outpost in 1935. The dust was presumably part of a gigantic dirt storm that killed birds while they flew. Said the National Weather Service: “The onrushing cloud, the darkness, and the thick, choking dirt, made this storm one of terror and the worst, while it lasted, ever known here.”