Sunday, July 10, 2011

I survived the Haboob!

What would you do if you saw this coming toward you?

One thing you quickly learn about living in Arizona...respect the storm!

Last night as we were eating our dinner, we looked outside and noticed that our trampoline was about to take flight with a vicious wind, and in a matter of seconds everything went BROWN.

We ran outside to weigh down our trampoline and there was dirt EVERYWHERE! It blew around us with a stinging whip, getting in our eyes, ears, and any other exposed nook and cranny. Frantically, and half blind, we searched for things that were heavy enough to hold down a trampoline in 60 mph winds.

When we came back inside we looked like we had just played a roll in The Mummy.

Following shortly after was a light show in the sky, rain and flash flooding. Welcome to monsoon season in Arizona!

We didn't think it was much more than a dust storm until we heard today that it apparently was bad enough to keep airplanes grounded and kill power to several cities, and it wasn't just a dust storm, it was a Haboob (that's right "Haboob").

Check out this video, it looks like something straight out of Hollywood! It was quite possibly the coolest thing that has happened to us in a long, long time!

Welcome to Phoenix everyone!