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2012-09-06 10:59:33 PM

Linkster: Mikey1969: alaric3: what's a "haboob"?

It's the new trendy title for something that's been called a 'Dust storm' in the Phoenix area for about 150 years. Since the cool kids in Iraq had a nifty name for it, everyone decided to jump on the bandwagon in Phoenix.

Can you tell that I think this "haboob" shiat is utterly ridiculous? I hate trendy shiat.

Except for the fact, that I have been here 25 years and it was used then.


Never heard it, and I lived there from '84 until '06. Heard it for the last year or two when I lived there, and that was it. I spent almost all of that time in the desert somewhere, experiencing the monsoon season every summer, and "haboob" didn't become "the term" until just before I moved. Suddenly it was on the news and in the papers. If you heard it before, then you heard it in a very tight circle of people, because I had never heard it, and nobody I knew had, either.

Although, someone said it WAS rather sublime to hear "This is Liz Habib, reporting form the haboob."...
 
2012-09-06 11:02:55 PM

MemeSlave: [images.t-nation.com image 250x186]


I think that's more of a heboob
 
2012-09-06 11:04:05 PM

FizixJunkee: Here are some of the tips for drivers that were provided (all of them common sense):


Avoid driving into or through a dust storm

Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway - do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.

If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down

Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway

Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.

Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers

Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake

Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the storm to pass

Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds



What's the consensus regarding the "Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers" tip?  I can see arguments both in favor and against it.


I don't know, I generally just keep driving 90mph+ on the freeway like nermal. The visibility is never that bad. I don't get all the ruckus.

But in seriousness. There has been only one dust storm when I was a child that we couldn't see the next vehicle in front of us. Usually it just looks like dusk.

But it IS cool to watch it swallow everything up.
 
2012-09-06 11:04:31 PM
Howcome they recommend pulling over to the side of the road and putting your car in park, then they tell you to turn off all your lights and keep your foot off the brake. They don't want your car to be visible to other potential drivers in the event of a dust storm?
 
2012-09-06 11:09:50 PM

whatshisname: How can they tell the haboob from the smog?


Winter = smog
Summer = dust storm
 
2012-09-06 11:10:45 PM
I just cleaned the pool before I left for work this afternoon. Can't wait to see what I find when I get home. Gaddammit.
 
2012-09-06 11:11:07 PM
Big haboobs!
 
2012-09-06 11:12:33 PM
I grew up in Tempe. Some dust storms would leave lizards and the occasional turtle in pools and blow sparrows into the neighbor's jumping cholla.
 
2012-09-06 11:13:18 PM

R-pac: Howcome they recommend pulling over to the side of the road and putting your car in park, then they tell you to turn off all your lights and keep your foot off the brake. They don't want your car to be visible to other potential drivers in the event of a dust storm?


It's like fog on I-5 in California. Drivers behind you just mindlessly drive along though they can't see shiat. If they see a car with lights on, they just drive right into them.

That's a relatively new behavior, didn't happen until housing prices in the 80s were so low that Arizona started attracting really stupid idiots from all over the planet that weren't smart enough to get a decent paying job in a habitable state so they came here for their modern drywall palaces.
 
2012-09-06 11:14:17 PM

It has been a very dusty year.

I probably only got pics of 1/2 of the dust storms:


May 9
i99.photobucket.com 

June 16
i99.photobucket.com

June 26
i99.photobucket.com

July 21
i99.photobucket.com

July 23
i99.photobucket.com

August 8
i99.photobucket.com

August 11
i99.photobucket.com

'cause it was cool: The big July 5 2011 monster haboob
i99.photobucket.com

One minute later, July 5, 2011 haboob
i99.photobucket.com

 
2012-09-06 11:15:02 PM

Nadie_AZ: BunkyBrewman: See what you get Arizona?

Normal weather patterns for this time of year?

There is a metric ton of derp in this state. The weather is sort of a nice break from alternate reality.


And nobody is really from AZ either. There was still a desert and a river there 60 years ago. So the derp migrated there from somewhere else over time and called it home.
 
2012-09-06 11:16:31 PM
That can't be good for the paint.
 
2012-09-06 11:17:12 PM

R-pac: Howcome they recommend pulling over to the side of the road and putting your car in park, then they tell you to turn off all your lights and keep your foot off the brake. They don't want your car to be visible to other potential drivers in the event of a dust storm?


I was wondering that too. Apparently even if you drive way off the road, if another driver can see the lights they will "follow you", thinking you know where you're going, and that you're still moving. Having any kind of car-like light showing is a magnet for disoriented drivers.
 
2012-09-06 11:17:13 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: MemeSlave: [images.t-nation.com image 250x186]

I think that's more of a heboob


is that like a Shebrew?
 
TWX
2012-09-06 11:17:32 PM

Nadie_AZ: That explains why it is so dark outside ...


I hadn't noticed, but I was up in PV until almost 7, and my folks never get to join in the fun up there. I guess it had dissipated by the time I got home to Tempe, and there's no sign of it at the airport now...

/Mrs. TWX is going to be SO HAPPY going from humid Boston to humid Phoenix...
 
2012-09-06 11:18:35 PM

fanbladesaresharp: Nadie_AZ: BunkyBrewman: See what you get Arizona?

Normal weather patterns for this time of year?

There is a metric ton of derp in this state. The weather is sort of a nice break from alternate reality.

And nobody is really from AZ either. There was still a desert and a river there 60 years ago. So the derp migrated there from somewhere else over time and called it home.


As has man since the first migration out of Africa.
 
2012-09-06 11:19:37 PM

MemeSlave: MaudlinMutantMollusk: MemeSlave: [images.t-nation.com image 250x186]

I think that's more of a heboob

is that like a Shebrew?



More like a mannary

/AKA: moob
 
2012-09-06 11:21:54 PM
You turn off your lights so other drivers won't try to "follow" you and end up crashing into you. Keep your foot off the brake to prevent your brake lights from coming on. Same thing in really dense fog.

They aren't that bad inside the city but the wind and debris can be dangerous. Out in the desert or near open fields they can be really treacherous when they pick up a lot of loose sand and dirt. During these dust storms I've seen large trees literally pop out of the ground and fly down the street since they don't put down many roots in the sand here.
 
2012-09-06 11:23:26 PM

R-pac: Howcome they recommend pulling over to the side of the road and putting your car in park, then they tell you to turn off all your lights and keep your foot off the brake. They don't want your car to be visible to other potential drivers in the event of a dust storm?


Lights spook the haboob unless it's wearing a habra.
 
2012-09-06 11:30:47 PM

Mikey1969: Nadie_AZ: BunkyBrewman: See what you get Arizona?

Normal weather patterns for this time of year?

There is a metric ton of derp in this state. The weather is sort of a nice break from alternate reality.

Yeah, but you guys are stealing all of the weather we normally would have here up in Utah. I'm talking a Phx summer here. It rained last weekend, which was the first significant cooling trend and rain since something like May. Just hot and dry, hot and dry, hot and humid(but no storms), hot and dry, day after day after week.

That siad, it's nice to see Phx is actually getting some rain in the valley. The heat island has been breaking the storms up since before I moved in '06. You could watch the radar and the storm would approach, break into a circle, go to the other side of the valley, reform, and then beat the ever-lovin' shiat out of some place like Casa Grande because it hadn't expended any of its energby.



Woot woot, Grande!
On a related note, FOR GOD'S SAKE OLD PEOPLE, DO NOT COME TO A COMPLETE STOP ON THE farkING HIGHWAY IN A SANDSTORM!
 
2012-09-06 11:31:00 PM

RightWingNutjob: Buttle not Tuttle: RightWingNutjob: BunkyBrewman: See what you get Arizona?



/I'm sure your state is a magical paradise of fairies and elves?

*Looks at username, profile*

You have a point. You guys are doing just fine compared to the rest of the country.

Chortle... Oh my god my sides hurt.

*looks at profile*

AHAHAHAHA

Unemployment Rate Compare

/Tired and avoiding work.


OH MY GOD, a 1.6% difference in the unemployment rate? I'm devastated! How ever did you find this shocking statistic? You got clever and used Google, didn't you? Come on, admit it.
 
2012-09-06 11:32:49 PM
Well, I can see why people love it out there.

/sarcasm off
 
2012-09-06 11:41:37 PM

fanbladesaresharp: Nadie_AZ: BunkyBrewman: See what you get Arizona?

Normal weather patterns for this time of year?

There is a metric ton of derp in this state. The weather is sort of a nice break from alternate reality.

And nobody is really from AZ either. There was still a desert and a river there 60 years ago. So the derp migrated there from somewhere else over time and called it home.


Meh, my grandmother was born here before it was a state. And we just celebrated our centennial.
 
2012-09-06 11:42:05 PM

RoyBatty: And sadly, the Phoenix Civic Art Project: Giant Floating Klein Vagina doesn't catch haboobs it just sends them backwards and forwards through time.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x427]


Or the Flying Uterus as I tell tourists when they see if for the first time. Better than its real name.

/Her Secret is Patience
//Her secret was bamboozling the city out of a couple million bucks.
 
2012-09-06 11:52:28 PM
sites.google.com

RIP Hachan
 
2012-09-06 11:59:13 PM
I lived there from 1968 until 1998. Never heard a dust storm called a "haboob" until a year or so ago.
 
2012-09-07 12:01:30 AM
MY NAME IS HABOOB. THAT IS HEBREW FOR...THE BOOB!
/Chris Farley el nino sketch
//maybe imagine him with payesses and a tallit?
 
2012-09-07 12:02:02 AM
i49.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-07 12:03:00 AM
FizixJunkee

Here are some of the tips for drivers that were provided (all of them common sense):
Avoid driving into or through a dust storm
Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway - do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.
If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down
Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway
Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.
Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers
Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake
Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the storm to pass
Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds

What's the consensus regarding the "Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers" tip? I can see arguments both in favor and against it.

I for the life of me cannot figure this one out. This place is so full of herp and derp, but DAMN if I am gonna pull over I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO HIT ME.
They say so nobody hits you following you. DUH we are all stopping, it only makes sense so someone will see you and not hit you. If they are following you and driving, let the lawyers and insurance companies fight it out if they are that stupid. This place is soo f#cking backwards. Turn your lights off so you can get plowed by some idiot who did not know you were there. Pure genius from the folks in AZ. Why oh Why don't we have our own tag yet???
 
2012-09-07 12:12:00 AM

Maechyll: I lived there from 1968 until 1998. Never heard a dust storm called a "haboob" until a year or so ago.


Been in AZ since 1980. Also never heard "haboob" until the last couple of years.
 
2012-09-07 12:13:21 AM

Victoly:
sites.google.com
RIP Hachan


Don't worry, Hyatt always comes back.
 
2012-09-07 12:13:35 AM

Kenny B: [i49.photobucket.com image 500x318]


You dust Buster! I no dust Buster ANY MORE!
 
2012-09-07 12:15:12 AM

diaphoresis: noone has noticed the incorrect word in the title? Envelopes is supposed to be envelops


Well, that about wraps it up.

Oh, look, it's almost noone.
 
2012-09-07 12:19:05 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: That can't be good for the paint.


i471.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-07 12:24:09 AM
www.magicmoviemachine.com
 
2012-09-07 12:26:34 AM

knedgecko: Woot woot, Grande!


Went to High Schol there. Noting to do but drink and have sex... It's really taken off in the last 6 or 7 years though, even got a frickin' Harkins, which beats the Hell out of the Mall Cinema... :-)

Yeah, people who just slam on the brakes when the dust storm hits are horrible, but remember, in Az, they also slow to 5 mph the instant a drop of rain falls from the sky. Something in the water, that's for sure.
 
2012-09-07 12:27:37 AM

author1701: Or the Flying Uterus


Well at the least I think you and I are both blessed to see and name the farking obvious.
 
2012-09-07 12:32:43 AM

RagnarD: It has been a very dusty year.

I probably only got pics of 1/2 of the dust storms:


May 9
[i99.photobucket.com image 850x653] 

June 16
[i99.photobucket.com image 850x633]

June 26
[i99.photobucket.com image 850x630]

July 21
[i99.photobucket.com image 850x630]

July 23
[i99.photobucket.com image 850x234]

August 8
[i99.photobucket.com image 850x643]

August 11
[i99.photobucket.com image 850x644]

'cause it was cool: The big July 5 2011 monster haboob
[i99.photobucket.com image 850x233]

One minute later, July 5, 2011 haboob
[i99.photobucket.com image 640x480]


Years ago, I was helping someone move, and was in the moving van getting some stuff when the storm hit. It had been teasing for 1/2 and hour, but it went from daylight to twilight instantly, even after 20+ years, I had never seen something so abrupt. It was one of those where there were trees down everywhere, even a road I had travelled down just 5 minutes before when we returned the truck. One of the only things I miss is watching those things roll through. Truly awesome. I found out that the Canyon(North Rim) is even cooler during a good monsoon season('97). Watching the storms come north, dip into the canyon, and then climb back up the side was truly a memory that I will cherish.
 
2012-09-07 01:02:37 AM

Maechyll: I lived there from 1968 until 1998. Never heard a dust storm called a "haboob" until a year or so ago.


Then you must not have watched Bill Austin during the mid-80s on Channel 12 (our NBC affiliate) when he did the weather. He called them haboobs all the time. I first heard the term from him when I moved to Phoenix in 1986.
 
2012-09-07 01:03:54 AM

MacWizard: Maechyll: I lived there from 1968 until 1998. Never heard a dust storm called a "haboob" until a year or so ago.

Been in AZ since 1980. Also never heard "haboob" until the last couple of years.


See above.
 
2012-09-07 01:14:45 AM

Nadie_AZ: BunkyBrewman: See what you get Arizona?

Normal weather patterns for this time of year?

There is a metric ton of derp in this state. The weather is sort of a nice break from alternate reality.



I didn't know derp was so light and finely-grained.
 
2012-09-07 01:59:02 AM

Gyrfalcon: Nadie_AZ: BunkyBrewman: See what you get Arizona?

Normal weather patterns for this time of year?

There is a metric ton of derp in this state. The weather is sort of a nice break from alternate reality.


I didn't know derp was so light and finely-grained.


LOL :)
 
2012-09-07 02:22:01 AM
Yeah I drove home in it. I thought it would be much worse as it was rolling over the mountain. Still it was nothing like July 5th last year.
 
2012-09-07 02:37:49 AM

RagnarD: It has been a very dusty year.

I probably only got pics of 1/2 of the dust storms:


Those are really impressive. Those 2011 photos are unbelievable. Thanks for posting them.
 
2012-09-07 02:47:36 AM

Mikey1969: alaric3: what's a "haboob"?

It's the new trendy title for something that's been called a 'Dust storm' in the Phoenix area for about 150 years. Since the cool kids in Iraq had a nifty name for it, everyone decided to jump on the bandwagon in Phoenix.

Can you tell that I think this "haboob" shiat is utterly ridiculous? I hate trendy shiat.


That's only because you misunderstand what haboob means. Meteorologists have been using the term for decades. A dust/sand storm may or may not be a haboob in the same way that a whirlwind may or may not be a tornado. It's a matter of intensity.

From about.com "The wind during a haboob is usually up to about 30 mph and dust can rise high into the air as it blows over the Valley. A haboob can last for up to three hours. Phoenix experiences various degrees of dust storms, but the haboob is the largest and most dangerous. According to the National Weather Service, Phoenix experiences on average about 3 haboobs per year during the months of June through September.

It's not a new word nor is it "trendy".
 
2012-09-07 03:21:32 AM
i.imgur.com

/Dusty Gonzagas
 
2012-09-07 04:04:43 AM
I saw a strip club with the sign "The best haboobs in Phoenix!" once.

/CSB
 
2012-09-07 04:29:25 AM
RIP Habib.
home.in.tum.de
 
2012-09-07 08:47:01 AM
They used the word "haboob" when I was out there in 2000.

I think they just like saying the word. Haboob. Haboooooob.
 
2012-09-07 09:02:00 AM
its duststorm in america
not a word that everyone has to look up
 
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