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The Phoenix Haboob of July 5th, 2011

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The Phoenix Haboob of July 5th, 2011. What`s a haboob? Looks like some sort of massive dust storm. Nature, why you so crazy?
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Male, 13-17, Europe
 6 Posts
Saturday, July 9, 2011 4:25:00 PM

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 34 Posts
Saturday, July 9, 2011 2:26:37 AM
Upon checking the dictionary, I have learned what a haboob is.

a violent and oppressive wind blowing in summer, esp. in Sudan, bringing sand from the desert.
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from Arabic habūb ‘blowing furiously.’

Now we know. (And knowing is half the battle!)

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 512 Posts
Thursday, July 7, 2011 5:27:54 PM
The hell is a haboob?!

Male, 30-39, Western US
 28 Posts
Thursday, July 7, 2011 11:04:04 AM
it started just outside tucson, and blew through phoenix into the outlying deserts in about 4 hours, and was 50 miles wide. massive. crunchy air. we get these all summer almost every year.

Female, 18-29, Western US
 79 Posts
Thursday, July 7, 2011 10:58:50 AM
The dust still isnt cleaned up completely...the fine layer is just now beginning to kinda wash away...I really agree Victory7 i hope it marks as well! Cant wait for the rain..cant stand this humidity and heat.Anyone who doesnt live here has no idea of heat and humidity..tell me its a dry heat, my heinie...Haboobs are not fun at all...It was still evening by the time it hit my house and it was pitch black in about a full minute. And as bad as a white out only it was brown.

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