Share

Haboob Sweeps Through New Mexico and Texas

By Nick Wiltgen
Published: March 11, 2014

A Haboob moves through Clovis, New Mexico. (Photo: Aaron & Cassie Loomis)

An apparent haboob – a wall of dust kicked up by high winds – swept through eastern New Mexico and west Texas Tuesday evening as a strong cold front associated with Winter Storm Vulcan swept through the region.

The front brought a sudden burst of strong northerly winds and sharply colder air, kicking up massive amounts of dust across the drought-stricken region.

(PHOTOS: Massive Haboobs Will Blow You Away)

Haboobs in the U.S. are more typically associated with rain-cooled air rushing out from monsoon-season thunderstorms in Arizona, famously striking cities such as Phoenix in recent years. However, the passage of strong cold fronts such as today's can also cause these dusty spectacles.

Below are your photos from social media:


Featured Blogs

Kids, Cars, and Heatstroke: A Lethal Summer Mix

By Dr. Jeff Masters
July 2, 2015

Even at relatively cool ambient temperatures, the temperature rise in vehicles is significant on clear, sunny days and puts infants at risk for hyperthermia. Vehicles heat up rapidly, with the majority of the temperature rise occurring within the first 15 to 30 minutes. Leaving the windows opened slightly does not significantly slow the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature attained.

Another Dry California Precipitation Season Draws to a Close

By Christopher C. Burt
June 30, 2015

The 2014-2015 precipitation season ended today (June 30th) and the drought continues unabated. Although the precipitation totals for the July 1-June 30 (2014-2015) period do not appear to be all that bad (generally 60-85% of average) this does not tell the whole story. A very wet December saved what otherwise would have been a catastrophically dry year. In fact, the past six months (since January 1st) have been one of the driest such periods on record for many locations, including San Francisco. Here are some details about the past rainy season and the current drought.

PWS Service Interruption Update

By Shaun Tanner
June 16, 2015

The development team here at Weather Underground has been hard at work producing a new homepage! Please take a look at the sneak peek and tell us what you think!

Meteorological images of the year - 2014

By Stu Ostro
December 30, 2014

My 9th annual edition.

2013-14 - An Interesting Winter From A to Z

By Tom Niziol
May 15, 2014

It was a very interesting winter across a good part of the nation from the Rockies through the Plains to the Northeast. Let's break down the most significant winter storms on a month by month basis.

What the 5th IPCC Assessment Doesn't Include

By Angela Fritz
September 27, 2013

Melting permafrost has the potential to release an additional 1.5 trillion tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and could increase our global average temperature by 1.5°F in addition to our day-to-day human emissions. However, this effect is not included in the IPCC report issued Friday morning, which means the estimates of how Earth's climate will change are likely on the conservative side.