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(My Fox Phoenix)   2,500 foot tall, 20 mile wide haboob envelopes Phoenix metro area   (myfoxphoenix.com) divider line 116
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2012-09-07 09:23:41 AM

charmbomb: I don't know, I generally just keep driving 90mph+ on the freeway like nermal.


No, no, you're confusing your cats... You mean Toonces!

www.tobyspinks.com

Not Nermal!

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2012-09-07 10:08:00 AM

author1701: 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.


That is correct. I never watched Phoenix news broadcasts, especially when I lived in Tucson, Bullhead City and Flagstaff. Lived in Phoenix (Tempe) since 1993 and still don't watch local news. Have no idea who Bill Austin is. First saw the term used in print last year and this year was the first time I heard random people use it.

Hoping it goes back out of style soon. "Dust storm" is an accurate description which requires no explanation.
 
2012-09-07 12:02:20 PM

eurotrader: For all the worrying and not much real action in the US concerning global climate change a good rallying call would be for the population of AZ be halved (By moving to other states) to actually make a dent in the amount of gases released in the US. Other than the Grand Canyon which is awesome, there is nothing in AZ Phoenix area that could not be done in an area with better weather.


Yeah...um, we have the best weather and are at extremely low risk of natural disaster (so a lot of major data processing centers are located here). Awesome weather is the main reason I put up with the politicians in this state. And why do you think climate change would be affected if the population moved? People typically use the same resources and burn the same fossil fuels no matter where they live. The main difference is here you can pretty much ride your bicycle year round.
 
2012-09-07 12:03:39 PM
Philbb: 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.

Or a rainstorm may or may not be a monsoon, or a big wave may or may not be a tsunami.
 
2012-09-07 12:13:33 PM

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

When criticizing word usage, it's important to start off your post with a word that doesn't exist.


Something tells me he's into something good.
(somethin' tells me he's into somethin')
To something good, oh yeah, something good
(somethin' tells me he's into somethin')
To something good, something good, something good
 
2012-09-07 01:02:17 PM
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: They used the word "haboob" when I was out there in 2000.

I think they just like saying the word. Haboob. Haboooooob.


They used 'haboob' at least as long ago as 1975. I'm partial to 'chubasco' though.
 
2012-09-07 01:26:09 PM
It's a freakin dust storm! It has only been Haboobs for the last year or so. I took this picture of the last one we got.

arizonageek.smugmug.com
 
2012-09-07 01:41:25 PM
[obligatory Dune reference]
 
2012-09-07 03:03:03 PM
I am not using that ridiculous word.
 
2012-09-07 03:15:08 PM
A monsoon is not a single rain storm. It is a series of storms that start rolling across the normally-dry areas at certain times of the year as the median temperature begins to change and shifting wind patterns drive moisture deeper into the desert.

Haboob is not a trendy word for a dust storm. It's the name of a more extreme kind of dust storm, usually associated with heavy cold air outflows preceding a big storm. A "normal" dust storm is more tame and is caused by high straight winds (as opposed to a sudden wave of rolling cold air). I've seen both kinds of these storms in Yuma and Las Vegas. A regular dust storm makes everything look orange-tinged, and makes it uncomfortable to breathe. A haboob darkens the sky and can make it very difficult to breathe and see.

All that said, the local news is definitely guilty of applying the term too easily to anything that is so much as capable of annoying people who just washed their car.
 
2012-09-07 05:33:19 PM

DumbAmerican: It's a freakin dust storm! It has only been Haboobs for the last year or so. I took this picture of the last one we got.

[arizonageek.smugmug.com image 600x400]


How does one go about taking pictures of lightning? Luck?
 
2012-09-07 07:40:51 PM

elysive: eurotrader: For all the worrying and not much real action in the US concerning global climate change a good rallying call would be for the population of AZ be halved (By moving to other states) to actually make a dent in the amount of gases released in the US. Other than the Grand Canyon which is awesome, there is nothing in AZ Phoenix area that could not be done in an area with better weather.

Yeah...um, we have the best weather and are at extremely low risk of natural disaster (so a lot of major data processing centers are located here). Awesome weather is the main reason I put up with the politicians in this state. And why do you think climate change would be affected if the population moved? People typically use the same resources and burn the same fossil fuels no matter where they live. The main difference is here you can pretty much ride your bicycle year round.


You get your water from where? The data centers would be just fine underground in SD. 115 degrees and sunny you ride your bike to your car for the AC. The amount fuel consumed compared to other locations just does not equal out. The upside would more Nuke reactors could be built there without as much complaining. The water is the biggie esp if growth ever returns to AZ.
 
2012-09-07 10:11:37 PM

WelldeadLink: 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.


Actually, it is.
static.flickr.com
 
2012-09-07 10:32:27 PM
I didn't do too much investigation, but from what I've turned up so far, whatever real 'difference' there is is mostly subjective. So go ahead and use whatever term makes you feel good, and doesn't get you punched.\
 
2012-09-08 08:36:04 PM

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


my departed aunt and uncle lived there from the early 50's ti'll about 2006 when my uncle passed away a year to the day after his wife, Most of anything I could call a "blood relative" lives out that way to this day

went through a big dust storm when I went out there for my aunts funeral.


they were always called dust storms.. by any of these people..

and by the way? does anyone have a good link to the video? that web page just crashes for me.
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2012-09-09 08:41:46 PM
luvs me some big haboobs
 
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