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(AZ Family)   The University of Arizona has developed an app that gives people a warning when a dust storm is approaching. Just in case that towering wall of dust that blocked out the sun and is rumbling your way isn't enough   (azfamily.com) divider line 32
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2013-03-19 08:39:07 PM  
This will not end well.
 
2013-03-19 08:39:38 PM  
Haboob

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
Slu
2013-03-19 08:40:30 PM  
Good headline, subby.
 
2013-03-19 08:43:39 PM  
Subby, you have about 3 minutes' notice sometimes. Even though the pictures look like you have all of this warning, there really isn't. Especially in the city, it's insanely cool, but really freaky how fast they come up on you. Luckily, I never got caught out in the middle of the desert on the highway when one whipped through, but you'd have even less time to do anything.
 
2013-03-19 08:47:26 PM  
ridgecrestmemes.com
 
2013-03-19 08:54:35 PM  
FREEDOM FOG
 
2013-03-19 08:57:27 PM  
Yep, been through a massive one in Phoenix. Pretty neat to see it!
 
2013-03-19 08:59:46 PM  

wildcardjack: i.dailymail.co.uk


That looks like it was taken atop Hayden Butte with Scottsdale beyond the river.   Most of the haboobs that roll into the area usually don't have such a clearly defined wall.


Mikey1969: Subby, you have about 3 minutes' notice sometimes.


Yup.  The wind will be calm and then within a few minutes, the house will be rattling.  Just not enough warning to run out and throw the cover on the pool, get the filter started and bring in any garden tools or kids' toys that might blow across the yard.
 
2013-03-19 08:59:58 PM  
So what does it tell you: WARNING! LOTS OF DUST COMING!
 
2013-03-19 09:01:58 PM  
"determine if there is danger of a dust storm in the area"

So basically it will warn you if the potential for a dust storm exists, kind of liketornado warnings, which pretty much get ignored because every storm here can potentially produce one.
 
2013-03-19 09:07:26 PM  

Mikey1969: Subby, you have about 3 minutes' notice sometimes. Even though the pictures look like you have all of this warning, there really isn't. Especially in the city, it's insanely cool, but really freaky how fast they come up on you. Luckily, I never got caught out in the middle of the desert on the highway when one whipped through, but you'd have even less time to do anything.


This.  If you live in the East Valley, you don't have a whole lot of time to prepare.  As soon as the current drops into the greater valley of Phoenix, it is amplified and hits quickly.
 
2013-03-19 09:16:51 PM  
www.thelope.com

Like Santa Claus. Or the G-spot.
 
2013-03-19 09:20:09 PM  

wildcardjack: Haboob

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 850x564]


Was it two years ago when Arizonans complained that "haboob" sounded too Arabic?
 
2013-03-19 09:22:48 PM  
Can't see it really helping much if I'm driving in the middle of nowhere, I doubt it would give enough notice to get somewhere. I'd still be pulling over and keeping my foot off the brake. In town, I have windows, so I don't see it helping too much there either.
 
2013-03-19 09:23:19 PM  

Dinjiin: wildcardjack: i.dailymail.co.uk

That looks like it was taken atop Hayden Butte with Scottsdale beyond the river.   Most of the haboobs that roll into the area usually don't have such a clearly defined wall.


Mikey1969: Subby, you have about 3 minutes' notice sometimes.

Yup.  The wind will be calm and then within a few minutes, the house will be rattling.  Just not enough warning to run out and throw the cover on the pool, get the filter started and bring in any garden tools or kids' toys that might blow across the yard.


One of the last monsoons I encountered in Phoenix socked in so fast, I was helping people move into their house, entered the moving truck knowing that a storm was close, walked to the front of the truck, and the light instantly dropped to about 30%, all at once. That was it. Breezy one minute, full on windstorm, followed by some of the best rain I'd seen in years, in about 30 seconds. It was like in some fantasy movie where the gianyt dragon flies in front of the sun and everyone looks up. 15 minutes later, the rain is over, the streets are flooded, and there are trees down everywhere.

One of the only things I'm going to miss about that miserable hell-hole... ;-)
 
2013-03-19 09:34:01 PM  
They should name the dust storms too.

Something from Norse mythology would be fun!
 
2013-03-19 09:36:31 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Was it two years ago when Arizonans complained that "haboob" sounded too Arabic?


The local weathermen have used it for as long as I've lived here.  Two years ago was about the time that the national weathermen picked up on the term.  The outrage was elsewhere.

Besides, Arizonans have gotten used to brown things rolling into town uninvited.
 
2013-03-19 09:39:04 PM  
Kids today never look up
 
2013-03-19 09:46:11 PM  

SpdrJay: They should name the dust storms too.

Something from Norse mythology would be fun!


Ragnarok is upon you!
 
2013-03-19 10:15:19 PM  
Do I really want a haboob app on my phone.?
 
2013-03-19 10:23:57 PM  
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun

dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dundun dun dundundun dun dun dun dun dun dun dundun dundun

BOOM

dundun dundun dundun

BEEP

/actual audio
 
2013-03-19 11:21:12 PM  

LordOfThePings: [www.thelope.com image 700x309]

Like Santa Claus. Or the G-spot.


I want to believe.

Also...

i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-19 11:52:29 PM  
Those are terrifying, by the way. I was driving a few summers ago and got hit by one, followed by a whole lot of rain. The rain was nothing special, the dust was dense enough to make driving highway speed really dangerous but not a real problem. Right in the middle, though, was about a second where it was raining mud that was terrible.
 
2013-03-20 12:13:59 AM  
DANGER!
MUMMY DISTURBED!
 
2013-03-20 12:19:15 AM  

Mikey1969: Dinjiin: wildcardjack: i.dailymail.co.uk

That looks like it was taken atop Hayden Butte with Scottsdale beyond the river.   Most of the haboobs that roll into the area usually don't have such a clearly defined wall.


Mikey1969: Subby, you have about 3 minutes' notice sometimes.

Yup.  The wind will be calm and then within a few minutes, the house will be rattling.  Just not enough warning to run out and throw the cover on the pool, get the filter started and bring in any garden tools or kids' toys that might blow across the yard.

One of the last monsoons I encountered in Phoenix socked in so fast, I was helping people move into their house, entered the moving truck knowing that a storm was close, walked to the front of the truck, and the light instantly dropped to about 30%, all at once. That was it. Breezy one minute, full on windstorm, followed by some of the best rain I'd seen in years, in about 30 seconds. It was like in some fantasy movie where the gianyt dragon flies in front of the sun and everyone looks up. 15 minutes later, the rain is over, the streets are flooded, and there are trees down everywhere.

One of the only things I'm going to miss about that miserable hell-hole... ;-)


Yup, pretty much this. Hermosillo doesn't have many of those, but we do get them at the start of the rainy season. One minute is a monstrous black cloud with ominous thunder and lightning, followed by 2-3 minutes of wind and rain, and then, normal rain and debris.
 
2013-03-20 12:49:27 AM  

goatleggedfellow: Do I really want a haboob app on my phone.?


Now do you?
 
mjg
2013-03-20 01:19:57 AM  
www.theblogmocracy.com

Jan Brewer's take on where them dust storms are beginning.
 
2013-03-20 01:26:40 AM  
An app that tells you how big your haboobs are?
 
2013-03-20 01:46:02 AM  
I just saying the word HABOOB.

HABOOB.
 
2013-03-20 02:04:46 AM  

Dinjiin: BarkingUnicorn: Was it two years ago when Arizonans complained that "haboob" sounded too Arabic?

The local weathermen have used it for as long as I've lived here.  Two years ago was about the time that the national weathermen picked up on the term.  The outrage was elsewhere.

Besides, Arizonans have gotten used to brown things rolling into town uninvited.


I lived there for 40 years and never heard the term haboob until around the time the second gulf war started.  Before that they were always called dust storms.  I remember at the time Liz Habib was on channel 3's evening news.  She was a nice looking babe.  When the term haboob started being used by the local media, the morning radio guys were making jokes having to do with the similarity of her name to the word boob.  For months turning on the radio in the morning almost guaranteed you'd hear a bad joke about someone seeing or wanting to see Liz's haboobs.
 
2013-03-20 11:20:15 AM  
They don't rumble. Those suckers are dead silent. It's really eerie to be in one.
 
2013-03-20 02:50:25 PM  

PaLarkin: I lived there for 40 years and never heard the term haboob until around the time the second gulf war started. Before that they were always called dust storms.


The term is older in US usage, appearing in print as far back as the 19th century... but I'm sure in common use it varied from group to group like all of those things do.  Our 60-something neighbors swear they've been calling them haboobs since they were kids in Arizona, but other natives tell us they hadn't heard the term until the first gulf war or the second gulf war.  My guess is that the term got used by folks "in the know," and nobody else heard it unless you had the right grade-school science teacher.  And then it became more and more common through the two gulf wars, as more folks came back with exposure to the term.
 
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