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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.

The haboob ha-looms over Phoenix, Ariz.

Whether you spell it haboob or habub, one thing is certain: These things are freakin' terrifying. A moving barricade of dust plows into downtown Phoenix on Tuesday night, July 5, ahead of a thunderstorm.