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10 dust storms as seen from space

By: Katherine Butler on Aug. 14, 2012, 6:04 p.m.
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Photo: NASA image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center

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Dust storm in Phoenix

The dust storm of late July 2011 in Phoenix was well-documented, but it was not the first to engulf the area. Here we see another dust storm over Phoenix just weeks earlier on July 5, 2011. Here we can see the remnants of an immense storm that included a mile-high, nearly 100-mile wide storm that swept through the area at 50 to 60 miles per hour. The storm shut down the city’s airport and caused massive power outages in the area.