Friday, July 6, 2007

Weather lesson

For all my friends from out of state who have asked what a haboob is I thought I would post a picture and a brief description here for you. Enjoy! (I love these things hehehe dead give away I'm not a native) Yes, that is a mountain that has been engulfed by the dust. Looks like a dust avalanche in real life.



The name Haboob is the rooted from the Arabic word "phenomena". This form of monsoon occurs from May until September. It's a dust storm moving at a maximum speed of 80kph (50mph), the average speed is 50kph (30mph). The storm can reach up to heights of 3000 feet. They last about three hours, in which they change the desert landscape. The Haboob wind is caused by thunderclouds in a final phase. Downdrafts in a thunderstorm causes gust fronts, descending air hitting the ground and picking up large amounts of dust. The force moves the dust from above.

4 comments:

Purplangel said...

Wow...did you take that picture???

Amie said...

Heh heh heh...you said 'haBOOB', heh heh heh

Mrs. Matkin said...

Leave it to Amie to be Beavis! HA! I was actually thinking it, so does that make me B**thead? please say no. :) DID YOU TAKE THAT PICTURE???!!! It's awesome!

Purplangel said...

I have kept up with you through this blog. I love it!!! Thank you for inspiring me. I hope all is well with you!!!