what is Haboobs (هبوب) ?



“Haboob” is the Arabic term for a particularly intense type of dust storm caused by the downdraft from a thunderstorm. These storms are common in the Middle East, Africa and even North America, although they usually aren’t called that here. 

Each year, one to three storms will hit the Phoenix area, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the last 10 years, more than 100 dust storms were reported in the state of Arizona, according to the agency.




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