After a haboob trailed dirt and sand all over Arizona Tuesday, many people were left agape at a weather phenomenon that seemed to have leaped across the seas from the Sahara Desert. But haboobs, or dust storms that are propelled in front of powerful low-pressure systems, have occurred throughout history in the U.S. Here’s proof.
haboobish dust cloud engulfs a Kansas outpost in 1935. The dust was presumably part of a gigantic dirt storm that killed birds while they flew. Said the National Weather Service: “The onrushing cloud, the darkness, and the thick, choking dirt, made this storm one of terror and the worst, while it lasted, ever known here.”
Dust bowl dust storms killed via “dust suffocation” and “dust pneumonia,” meaning your lungs fill with dust. Pictured is buried farm equipment in Dallas, S.D., after a dust storm in 1935.