A city is erased in this time-lapse video of yesterday's massive Arizona dust storm

This amazing video reveals how easy it is for a storm to wipe out Phoenix, Arizona, one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. According to Russia Today:

These amazing pictures were shot by two photographers - Mike Olbinski and Blaine Coury - in Arizona. These time-lapse videos show a wall of dust moving through the city of Phoenix in Arizona. Sandstorms like this happen during the region's monsoon season, which is underway. They occur over desert land and can reach thousands of feet into the air, spurred by strong winds. The dense cloud dramatically reduced visibility, grounding flights at a major airport and leaving thousands without electricity.

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Chip Overclock®

Holy mackerel. I have a colleague who spent some time working in Iraq and shot a very similar video. I'm not sure what the relative frequency of sand storms of this magnitude are between places like Iraq and places like Arizona. I don't think this is something I want to experience personally. I wonder if a similar thing can happen with snow in the winter.