Surprisingly, the atmospheric dust that is carried by a haboob
or other dust storm may have its origin hundreds or thousands of miles away.
can creep up behind you and cause the visibility to drop to next-to-nothing in a matter of seconds.
is rapidly approaching the Lubbock airport and may affect the city as well," meteorologists posted on Facebook.
is a wall of dust pushed along the ground at high speeds by a thunderstorm downdraft.
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.