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August 3, 2012  A sandstorm hits the Phoenix metro area on Sunday.

August 3, 2012 A sandstorm hits the Phoenix metro area on Sunday.

A monstrous dust storm (Haboob) roared through Phoenix, Arizona in July 2011

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A monstrous dust storm (Haboob) roared through Phoenix, Arizona in July 2011

Dennis Faust shoots video of a vehicle washed off of a street in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Thursday. A driver and disabled passenger were rescued from the vehicle earlier. Several days of rain have drenched the Phoenix area.

Dennis Faust shoots video of a vehicle washed off of a street in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Thursday. A driver and disabled passenger were rescued from the vehicle earlier. Several days of rain have drenched the Phoenix area.

You don’t have to go much farther past Yuma to come up with the big city with the warmest summers. Phoenix tops Las Vegas as the two metropolitan areas with the highest daily mean temperature in the three summer months, with both cities hitting 90 degrees (Phoenix reaches an average of 93 degrees).

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You don’t have to go much farther past Yuma to come up with the big city with the warmest summers. Phoenix tops Las Vegas as the two metropolitan areas with the highest daily mean temperature in the three summer months, with both cities hitting 90 degrees (Phoenix reaches an average of 93 degrees).

Storm moves in over Gunsight Butte on Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area along the Utah-Arizona border

Storm moves in over Gunsight Butte on Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area along the Utah-Arizona border

"Mammatus clouds are most often associated with the anvil cloud and severe thunderstorms. They often extend from the base of a cumulonimbus, but may also be found under altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, and cirrus clouds, as well as volcanic ash clouds. When occurring in cumulonimbus, mammatus are often indicative of a particularly strong storm or perhaps even a tornadic storm."

"Mammatus clouds are most often associated with the anvil cloud and severe thunderstorms. They often extend from the base of a cumulonimbus, but may also be found under altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, and cirrus clouds, as well as volcanic ash clouds. When occurring in cumulonimbus, mammatus are often indicative of a particularly strong storm or perhaps even a tornadic storm."

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