video, see the link, here). I would have taken the picture of the advancing dark clouds, but I was busy piloting the C70 near to & above the limits of the H rated Michelin tires on which we were driving, so Dr Desert Flower took the image above.
When the clouds in front of you are brown, and advancing closer to the ground, it gives you a feeling of foreboding to drive into it. Sure, if I was in a 1975 Plymouth Valiant with 200K miles on it that had survived dozens of Midwest Winters, I would have appreciated the up-coming sand blasting, but piloting a Volvo C70 convertible with less than 8,000 miles on it, and a shiny finished paint job, we just hoped the sand blasting would be brief and NOT be followed by hail. Luckily, we ran into just rain, and no direct blasting.
This was the second Haboob (Arabic هبوب) to hit the Phoenix area this summer, and only the 4th since we moved here 4 years ago. Climate change? Naw, there ain't none of that happening!
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