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Wall of dust hits Phoenix metro area; Heavy rain in some spots as the monsoon season lingers

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PHOENIX — A wall of dust enveloped parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area in another storm from the annual monsoon season.

The dust preceded wind gusts and heavy rain in some areas late Tuesday afternoon.

National Weather Service meteorologists say the town of Maricopa received almost three-quarters of an inch of rain.

Arizona's monsoon season usually runs from June 15 through Sept. 30.

In recent years, it has produced massive dust storms called "haboobs."

Weather experts say haboobs only occur in Arizona, Africa's Sahara desert and parts of the Middle East because of dry conditions and large amounts of sand.

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