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simoom

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simoon:

see sandstormsandstorm,
strong dry wind blowing over the desert that raises and carries along clouds of sand or dust often so dense as to obscure the sun and reduce visibility almost to zero; also known as a duststorm.
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Simoom

 

a hot, dry, usually westerly or southwesterly wind in the deserts of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Simooms are violent squall-like winds of short duration and often carry large amounts of sand and dust. They are most common in spring and summer.

simoom

[sə′müm]
(meteorology)
A strong, dry, dust-laden desert wind which blows in the Sahara, Israel, Syria, and the desert of Arabia; its temperature may exceed 130°F (54°C), and the humidity may fall below 10.

simoom

, simoon
a strong suffocating sand-laden wind of the deserts of Arabia and North Africa
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69) Udom suspects that the name Muang Simoom was changed to Muang Chatturat when Duang took over from Thong Kham, possibly to extinguish the memory of the rebel.
Phaya Narin Songkhram was the founder of Nong Bua Yai, which became known as 'Nakhon Nong Bua Yai', the centre of Muang Simoom (later amphur Chatturat).
108) He explained that because Phaya Narin Songkhram was the original founder of Muang Simoom, the first Muang of Chaiyaphum, he should be recognised as the chao por, or founding father, of Chatturat district.
Achan Ma, who was Achan Kham's deputy, was given the title Luang Aphay, and later became the upahat, or deputy, of Muang Simoom.
But when "human nature" reasserts itself, it endangers the lives of both Augustin and Simoom.
In addition to the footnote explaining Al-Aaraaf, he references Persepolis, 'Erayco'(glossed as 'Chaldea'), Balbec, Egypt, Gomorrah, and the Simoom, a desert wind associated with the Arabian peninsula, all to the purpose of illustrating both the potency and the fragility of abstract beauty.
Then, without warning, a highly compacted air mass descends on the San Fernando Valley from the east, a rare wind condition known in Arabic as a simoom, wind of poison.
Consigned largely to the dust heap of obscure meteorological events, the Great Santa Barbara/Ventura Simoom of June 17, 1859, was as awesome as it was deadly.
Accounts from the day of the Santa Barbara Simoom indicate a cool, clear day by midmorning on June 17.
I am convinced," his narrator reports, "that the canals which Schiaparelli observed from Milan in '77 are in reality simooms crossing the great central continents of Mars" (92-93).