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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.


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.


Severe dust storms occurring in Sudan and associated with cumulonimbus clouds in the summer season.
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Surprisingly, the atmospheric dust that is carried by a haboob or other dust storm may have its origin hundreds or thousands of miles away.
Haboobs can creep up behind you and cause the visibility to drop to next-to-nothing in a matter of seconds.
A haboob is rapidly approaching the Lubbock airport and may affect the city as well," meteorologists posted on Facebook.
A haboob 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.
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.
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.
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.