Monday's Dust Storm in Arizona Lasted for 200 Miles

news image
Special Stories
12 Jul 2018 10:42 PM
The dust storm that enveloped the Sonoran Desert of Arizona Monday was part of a "classic setup for severe weather" according to the National Weather Service office in Phoenix. https://twitter.com/WeatherNation/status/1016603732090372096 Widespread thunderstorm activity flared up across Maricopa and Pinal Counties in Arizona Monday, July 9. The area was already muggy and very hot before the thunderstorms evolved. Meanwhile, a strong disturbance in the higher parts of the atmosphere was approaching. Together, high winds developed and quickly moved across a wide-stretching area. Wind gusts in isolated areas blew up to 80 miles per hour! This reduced visibility to a quarter-mile or less over a large part of the region, including portions of Interstate 8 and 10. The travel for drivers was very hazardous at the time. The thunderstorms also produced record rainfall for Phoenix and Yuma, two usually-dry areas. We caught up with the National Weather Service in Phoenix and spoke to Meteorologist Bianca Hernandez about the event. Listen to what she had to say below: https://twitter.com/WeatherNation/status/1017552401149018112 The National Weather Service in Phoenix wrote a summary of the event, including statistics showing there were 8,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and 45,000 in-cloud flashes from these storms, which you can read more about by clicking/tapping this sentence. For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier
All Weather News
More
Significant Storm Threat Thursday

Significant Storm Threat Thursday

The spring season often means rounds of stron

24 Apr 2024 5:40 PM
Storms in Texas, Oklahoma Today

Storms in Texas, Oklahoma Today

The plains are experiencing an ongoing threat

24 Apr 2024 5:30 PM
Rain and Spring Snow for the Northeast

Rain and Spring Snow for the Northeast

As a low-pressure system worked through Tuesd

24 Apr 2024 4:50 PM
Weekend Forecast: More Severe Weather in the Plains

Weekend Forecast: More Severe Weather in the Plains

We are looking at the threat of another sever

24 Apr 2024 1:20 PM
NOAA Debuts "HeatRisk" Tool Nationwide

NOAA Debuts "HeatRisk" Tool Nationwide

More people die from heat every year than ALL

24 Apr 2024 1:00 PM
National Park Week: Get Out and Explore

National Park Week: Get Out and Explore

National Park Week started Saturday, April 20

24 Apr 2024 7:35 AM
Record Warmth to Weekend Snow in the Four Corners

Record Warmth to Weekend Snow in the Four Corners

Snow is in the forecast for Denver, which cou

23 Apr 2024 5:25 PM