Phoenix, Ariz., was hit by a huge haboob a couple weeks ago. Haboobs are intense sandstorms created during thunderstorms that can quickly transform the landscape into a dark, howling storm of gritty rage. The approach of a haboob is about as apocalyptic as you get.

Phoenix's haboob was well documented thanks to the ubiquitous nature of high resolution camera phones and I've collected a few of the better videos and shots.

The Phoenix Haboob of July 5th, 2011 from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo.

This guy actually drove into the storm.

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Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.