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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.

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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

simoom

, simoon
a strong suffocating sand-laden wind of the deserts of Arabia and North Africa
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in classic literature ?
This child of the desert was in his element, and with his black face and sparkling eyes appeared, in the cloud of dust he raised, like the genius of the simoom and the god of the hurricane.
"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).