Well if you're anything like me and you aren't a desert dweller you probably think monsoons only occur in Africa and other similar regions. But they actually occur right here in the U.S. as well. On Wednesday July 6th we ushered in monsoon season with a mammoth dust storm. It's hard to explain what a dust storm is truly like unless you've been in one. But it's kind've like a hurricane only with dust. They usually occur very quickly and many times with no warning. It looks as if the end of times is approaching. Should you be in an open area you will see nothing but a wall of dust as far up and as far across as you can see. Even in the middle of the day the sky goes pitch black. Winds can get as high as hurricane winds downing power lines, ripping out trees. They move fast. I took these photos in my backyard standing on a chair. It looks as if the storm is pretty far away but to give you an idea I shot these three photos and ran inside. With seconds to spare the sky went black and the dust hit like a freight train shaking the whole house for almost an hour.