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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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a sand or dust storm in the Sudan. A haboob is caused by a strong convection current combined with an influx of cold air masses. The storms usually occur from May through October and have an average duration of about three hours. During a haboob the dust cloud may rise to a height of 1,500 m, and the wind often attains destructive force. Khartoum experiences an average of 24 haboobs annually.

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A strong wind and sandstorm or duststorm in the northern and central Sudan, especially around Khartum, where the average number is about 24 haboobs a year.
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Severe dust storms occurring in Sudan and associated with cumulonimbus clouds in the summer season.
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