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Dust storm in Phoenix engulfs Chase Field

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Back in February, a freak snowstorm covered the Arizona Diamondbacks/Colorado Rockies spring training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. with snow and hail. The place looked like a sublime winter wonderland. It does snow in Phoenix, but rarely that much. Even with Al Gore's Climate Change ™ happening just as he said it would, it was unnerving.

What greater Phoenix really needs is a good dust storm. That's closer to normal, no? Well, they got one Monday and area photographers caught it as the haboob — as it's called — approached Chase Field downtown. The Diamondbacks and Padres were safely inside of the baseball stadium, which features a retractable roof for occasions just like this. And for those 110-degree days.

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Beautiful, but there's no way the game could have played through such a dusting. All hail the domed stadium! The D-backs beat the Padres 6-1 behind right-hander Brandon McCarthy and slugger Paul Goldschmidt.

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This is a view just outside of the stadium. It looks like a dust attack.

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Eerie shot of downtown from Chase Field, with not much light getting through.

The video is scary, too. Like from sand storms in "The Mummy" or "Prometheus" — only real this time.

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