Wow! What a storm we had last night. We've not had any rain in this part of Arizona since January, but we got more than our fair share last night around 7pm. We had what they call a "haboob" by locals around here - which is a severe dust storm first caused by high winds blowing hard towards the ground and raising the dust. During this wind, the temperature takes a severe drop - in this case from 100 degrees down to 80 degrees in a very short period of time. After the 3,000 ft. wall of dust moves on through (during which you can't see your hand in front of your face), it is followed by heavy rains - somewhere in the area of 1 and 1-1/2 inches last night. Then it's all over in an hour and things are back to normal!!!!
I left the house around 6:30 and could see the dust coming, so hurried to my knitting meetup group and we all sat around looking outside as the storm passed us by. We "had" to stay another hour or so longer before we dared go out in the storm - darn!
Here's a picture as the storm is just entering downtown Phoenix:
This picture is of the Phoenix airport, which closed down for a while during the storm.
Today things are pretty much back to normal, thank goodness.