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ha·boob

 (hə-bo͞ob′)
n.
A penetrating sandstorm or dust storm with violent winds, occurring chiefly in Arabia, North Africa, and India.

[Arabic habūb, strong wind, from habba, to rush, blow; see hbb in Semitic roots.]

haboob

(hɑːˈbuːb)
n
(Physical Geography) (in Africa and India) a storm of strong winds that whips up sand and dust from the desert

haboob

a heavy dust- or sandstorm of N. Africa, Arabia, and India.
See also: Wind
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From the Arabic meaning wind, a haboob occurs when the front of a thunderstorm cell presses down to create a large swirl of dust.
A sandstorm that forms a distinctive wall of dust like this is called a haboob.
But the interrelated network of languages lumped together as "Arabic" remained a scary black box for many, such that Arizona TV viewers complained in 2011, with straight faces, that they didn't want to hear the word haboob (dust storm) from their meteorologists.
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A haboob is a wall of dust pushed along the ground at high speeds by a thunderstorm downdraft.
Another haboob storm struck Tehran Friday--the second in a week.
An unexpected low-level intense sandstorm of the kind known as a haboob contributed to the reduction of the force by three of the eight RH-53D helicopters by the time the helicopter formation reached Desert One, behind schedule.
Residents across the region are way too familiar with National Weather Service (NWS) warnings for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, but now residents are learning about Haboob warnings.
The dust storm, also known as a haboob, was photographed just before sunset.