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Dusty winds create haze over Phoenix

A haze settles over Piestewa Peak in Phoenix on May 3, 2013. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- Winds and dry conditions combined to put the Valley under a haze Friday morning.

Strong wind gusts of 25-30 mph are lifting dirt off the desert floor and that could continue for several hours.

"It's pretty much draped over the Phoenix metropolitan area and the southeast Valley," said Valerie Meyers, a spokewoman for the National Weather Service.

"(But) It's not a wall of dust that we would see with outflows from thunderstorms."

Meyers said beyond the dust, the winds have also ramped up fire danger for the second straight day. The warm, dry weather during the past several weeks has provided fuel for fires.

Wind speeds will begin to decrease substantially by the middle of Friday afternoon although dry conditions will persist. Humidity in the Valley has dropped to single digits.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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