El Paso has some pretty interesting weather. The first winter I was here (2015) we had a snow storm that hit the day the Sun Bowl was being played. It also gets super windy here in the Borderland, and that happened yesterday. Check out this video that shows a time lapse of the weather from yesterday.

This, of course, isn't even close to what a haboob in Arizona looks like. Check this out.

If you've never been on that drive from El Paso to Arizona, be warned, it can be a bit nerve-wracking with the signs on the highway that talk about what to do in case a sandstorm hits while you're on the road.

If you are ever on the road and a haboob (sandstorm) hits, here are some things to do:

  1. Check for other vehicles around you and slow down.
  2. Look for a safe place to pull over.
  3. Turn off all vehicle lights.
  4. Park your vehicle as far away from the roads as you can.
  5. Put on your vehicle's emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  6. Wait in your vehicle until the storm passes.

One of the scary things is a haboob can last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. And here is some more advice about how you can properly prepare:

Haboobs are most common in Arizona, and a few places in California and Texas. If you are in an area where dust storms are more likely to occur, there are some things you can do to be more prepared. Keeping a dust brush and some bottled water in your car can help you clean out the dirt from your car parts after the storm passes so you can continue your drive. In case the haboob lingers for a while or you can't get your car started after the storm, it's a good idea to keep basic emergency items such as energy bars, blankets, a flashlight and a first aid kit in your car as well.

 

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