COSEE Ocean Systems: News
'Haboobs' Stir Critics in Arizona
Description: The massive dust storms that swept through central Arizona this month have stirred up not just clouds of sand but a debate over what to call them. The blinding waves of brown particles, the most recent of which hit Phoenixy, are caused by thunderstorms that emit gusts of wind, roiling the desert landscape. Use of the term "haboob," which is what such storms have long been called in the Middle East, has rubbed some Arizona residents the wrong way. [Source: New York Times]
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Source: New York Times
Publish Date: 7/21/2011
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