Spectacular moment of cold front causes huge cloud of dust that completely obscures the Denver skyline

Apocalypse Denver! Moment of cold front causes huge cloud of dust to blow through Mile High City, completely obscuring skyscrapers

  • A rapid shift from 60-degree weather to 1940s temperatures created strong downwind gusts that blew up a wall of dust that engulfed Denver on Sunday.
  • The dust cloud, called a ‘haboob’, was pushed up by winds of 46 mph and gusts of 85 mph were recorded in the 12 hours leading up to the phenomenon
  • Drought caused dry soils in the eastern plains this year, creating the particles that were thrown into the air



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A cold front set off a dust storm that curled over Denver this weekend, blurring the skyscrapers and mountains of the city’s skyline as it passed through.

Video from a law firm’s livestream camera captured the apocalyptic natural phenomenon around 2 p.m. Sunday, and FOX meteorologist Heather Brinkmann took a photo of the ruddy skyline on Twitter.

Denver International Airport reported dusty conditions and wind speeds of about 46 miles per hour around 3 p.m. that day, with gusts of 85 mph recorded in the 12 hours leading up to the dusting.

It produced spectacular video footage of the filmed cloud of dust blowing over the Colorado capital at high speed.

Meteorologist Stacey Donaldson with Denver7 explained that a rapid temperature drop from 60 to 40 degrees within the span of about three hours.

Video from a law firm's livestream camera (pictured) captured the apocalyptic natural phenomenon around 2 p.m. Sunday, and FOX meteorologist Heather Brinkmann took to Twitter with a photo of the ruddy skyline.

Video from a law firm’s livestream camera (pictured) captured the apocalyptic natural phenomenon around 2 p.m. Sunday, and FOX meteorologist Heather Brinkmann took to Twitter with a photo of the ruddy skyline.

Just before the looming cloud of dust blows over, the Denver skyline can still be seen

Just before the looming cloud of dust blows over, the Denver skyline can still be seen

Just before the looming cloud of dust blows over, the Denver skyline can still be seen

Denver International Airport reported dusty conditions and wind speeds of about 46 miles per hour around 3 p.m. Sunday, with gusts of 85 mph recorded in the 12 hours leading up to the dusting

Denver International Airport reported dusty conditions and wind speeds of about 46 miles per hour around 3 p.m. Sunday, with gusts of 85 mph recorded in the 12 hours leading up to the dusting

Denver International Airport reported dusty conditions and wind speeds of about 46 miles per hour around 3 p.m. Sunday, with gusts of 85 mph recorded in the 12 hours leading up to the dusting

The shift brought about the downward blowing winds—as heat rises, the cold air was pushed down and kicked up the dust.

‘We actually often have these dust storms,’ explains Brinkmann on Twitter. “The dust just stays at the base of the mountain until a wind turns, or front, as in the case of yesterday.”

Meteorologists said the wall of dust met the criterion for a regionally atypical (and universally fun to say) “haboob.”

The American Meteorological Society defines a haboob as a mass of dust as high as 5,000 feet, caused by high winds and followed by increased wind speeds and reduced visibility. They are more commonly seen in drier cities in the Southwest like Albuquerque and Phoenix.

This year’s drought has dried up the soils on the eastern plains this year, triggering the dust that gathered over the city and state on Sunday, 9News said.

The shift brought about the downward blowing winds—as heat rises, the cold air was pushed down and kicked up the dust.

The shift brought about the downward blowing winds—as heat rises, the cold air was pushed down and kicked up the dust.

The shift brought about the downward blowing winds—as heat rises, the cold air was pushed down and kicked up the dust.

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