Throughout the book, Meridith gives advice to small and large organizations about how to weather (sometimes literally), the unique challenges business people face in the Sonoran Desert - from roof rats to haboobs
. Meridith also gives kudos to Jerry Colangelo, the late Senator John McCain, Calvin Goode and other icons in the community.
Some of the ones that affect the United States can be traced all the way back to Ethiopia and Sudan, where clusters of thunderstorms produce heavy rains and haboobs
(dust storms), but more commonly these clusters are first spotted along the west African coast, producing heavy rains in places like Senegal, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
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These routine but menacing dust storms, also called haboobs
, roll in with the fury of a genie let out of a bottle.
She attributes her passion for the field to having grown up in "the West," where she routinely experienced mountain snowstorms, downslope windstorms, haboobs
, and intense lightning associated with southwest monsoon storms, and where she watched dry creek beds fill with flash floods while hiking in the desert.
The most intense haboobs
can extend up to 10,000 feet into the atmosphere and can travel at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour (50 miles per hour).
COTTON CENTER - After years spent studying the dust that blows across the southern Great Plains, Phil Smith no longer looks at the dark haboobs
that routinely rise over Lubbock without a healthy dose of apprehension.
There are several types of damaging wind storms, including tornadoes, downbursts, microbursts, gust fronts, derechos and haboobs
is an Arabic word and haboobs
are common in some parts of the Middle East, but not in northern Iran.
Dust storms, a type of dust events, are in most cases the result of turbulent winds, including convective haboobs
, which raise large quantities of dust from desert surfaces and reduce visibility to less than 1km .
"Like the monsoons, the haboobs
, and the mountains of the surrounding Arizonian landscape, the Pin becomes a point of reference and a mechanism to set the landscape in motion through the movement of the spectator," explained BIG founder Bjarke Ingles.
These storms, called haboobs
, are common in this region.