This is the typical summer Haboob, a desert dust storm. Last year we had the largest dust storm on record. Yes, they are as bad or worse than they look, especially if you are allergic or have asthma. We are informed that we may have a few more of these this year given the drought and the change in weather patterns. I can remember seeing these almost all my life living here in the desert, but they are just as awe inspiring each time a new one comes along.