Picture of the Day: What a Dust Storm from a Plane Looks Like
WHAT A DUST STORM
FROM A PLANE LOOKS LIKE
This incredible dust storm (haboob) was spotted on 11 March 2014 just northwest of Amarillo, Texas from an airplane flying at approximately 38,000 ft.
The amazing capture was taken by Ryan Scott who let his friend Chris (@RaiderTex52) post it on Twitter yesterday morning.
A haboob is a type of intense dust storm carried on an atmospheric gravity current. Haboobs occur regularly in arid regions throughout the world. This wall of dust can be up to 100 km (62 mi) wide and several kilometers in elevation. At their strongest, haboob winds often travel at 35–100 km/h (~20–60 mph), and they may approach with little or no warning.
The Sifter has posted on dust storms before. To see more, check out this post from last year entitled: 15 Ominous Photos of Dust Storms