is a thunderstorm--which in itself is not common in Iran--that slams the earth and sucks up a giant ball of sand and dirt that it then moves along in its path, turning day into night.
Years ago haboobs
"roamed the southern edge of the Sahara and had never even heard of Arizona," but they made an etymological leap across continents in the mid-1980s when weather reporters in the Southwestern state observed that the giant sandstorms were the same as those in Africa, Sam Lowe writes in his book (http://books.
An interview with Haboob
Salem Mousa What suffering do you currently experience most?
In 1995 a haboob
blew across Interstate 10, reduced visibility to a few feet and caused four accidents involving 24 vehicles that resulted in 10 fatalities and 20 injuries.
form when winds gust down from a thunderstorm and slam into the ground (see diagram, right).
I might even stretch to the haboob
, great dust storms which march from the deserts into the towns and eat away at the buildings, returning them to powder.
Find out what went right, what went wrong, and the deleterious effects of the haboob
COTTON CENTER - After years spent studying the dust that blows across the southern Great Plains, Phil Smith no longer looks at the dark haboobs
that routinely rise over Lubbock without a healthy dose of apprehension.
From twisters to Haboobs
and quick, sudden changes in temperature which can break windows, wild weather is still with us, though tamer than in centuries past.
On the other hand, human beings exposed to the summer desert, winter in Kashmir, or the spring haboobs
over Iran quickly reach their limits.
Affected by the same winds and wars, they shelter from the same haboobs
and have to cross the same wadis.
Africa's Sahara desert and parts of the Middle East are often hit with powerful dust storms, also called haboobs
derived from the Arabic word haab, which means wind, because of dry conditions and large amounts of sand.