is a wall of dust pushed along the ground at high speeds by a thunderstorm downdraft.
Haboob is an Arabic word and haboobs are common in some parts of the Middle East, but not in northern Iran.
That was two-thirds the 130 kph (80 mph) winds that battered Tehran in Monday's haboob.
A haboob 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.
The dust storm, known as a haboob
(Arabic for "strong wind"), is a common occurrence in dry regions like the southwestern United States.
Now comes haboob, an Arabic word for "wind," which some Arizonans have objected to because, as one letter writer told the Arizona Republic newspaper, a "Middle Eastern term" may be offensive to soldiers returning from fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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.
Arriving late, at different times and from different directions, the six remaining RH-53s had been separated under the harrowing conditions created by the unexpected haboobs
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.
Haboobs are most common in the African Sudan (where about 24 occur each year) and in the desert Southwest of the United States, especially in southern Arizona.
Flooding, tornadoes, windstorms, haboobs
and Mesoscale Convective Complexes, known in my neighborhood as really big thunderstorms, have dominated the headlines.
dust storms of the southern Arabian Peninsula.