America VIDEO: Third Haboob Of Summer Covers Phoenix In Sand And Dust Facebook Twitter Google+ Email August 19, 20119:15 AM ET Mark Memmott Twitter Enlarge this image Lightning reveals a large layer of dust in the sky Thursday (Aug. 18, 2011) in Gilbert, Ariz. Matt York/AP hide caption toggle caption Matt York/AP Lightning reveals a large layer of dust in the sky Thursday (Aug. 18, 2011) in Gilbert, Ariz. Matt York/AP The area around Phoenix was hit by its third "haboob" of the summer last evening, as strong winds sent a huge cloud of sand and dust rolling over the area. The Arizona Republic says that "blowing dust blanketed much of the Valley ... reducing visibility to less than a quarter-mile." As during previous dust storms, news outlets in Phoenix caught much of the action and have posted video. Here's one from the Republic. By the way, "haboob" is the word they've been using in Arizona and in meteorological circles for many years, the Republic reports. As Merriam-Webster says, it's Arabic in origin and means "a violent dust storm or sandstorm especially of Sudan." Phoenix dust storms haboob Facebook Twitter Google+ Email 'West Memphis Three' Are Set FreeAugust 19, 2011 No Plunge, But Another Down Day On Wall StreetAugust 19, 2011 We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.