propasaurus: Is every dust storm a haboob?Something turned the sky over Lubbock brown Tuesday night, but was it a dust storm, a haboob or just a massive wall of dirt?Is there really any difference between the terms?"Going back more technically in meteorological literature, haboob is the correct term," said Jody James.James is the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lubbock."A couple of things have to come together to get the kind of dust storm we call a haboob," James said. "You need really strong winds, which we get a lot out here, and we need an atmosphere that has some really cold air that hugs the ground and sort of stays together -James says meteorologists have used the word haboob since at least the 1950s."It is a word of Arabic origin but we have a lot of words like that, like algebra. Cotton is actually an Arabic word so whether we know it or not we have a lot of Arabic words in our lexicon," James said.Some other words of Arabic origin include lemon, candy, alcohol, sofa and spinach.Dumbasses.
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Meliorist: If it is not in North Africa, Arabia, or India, then it is a dust storm and not a haboob
Meliorist: From http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/haboob:ha·boobnouna thick dust storm or sandstorm that blows in the deserts of North Africa and Arabia or on the plains of India.If it is not in North Africa, Arabia, or India, then it is a dust storm and not a haboob.
HotWingAgenda: You mean to say Florida doesn't get typhoons and Seattle doesn't have a monsoon season?ty·phoonnoun1. a tropical cyclone or hurricane of the western Pacific area and the China seas.2. a violent storm or tempest of India.3. ( initial capital letter ) Military .a. a single-engine British ground attack aircraft of World War II.b. NATO's name for a class of nuclear-powered Soviet ballistic missile submarine carrying 20 multiwarhead missiles.mon·soonnoun1. the seasonal wind of the Indian Ocean and southern Asia, blowing from the southwest in summer and from the northeast in winter.2. (in India and nearby lands) the season during which the southwest monsoon blows, commonly marked by heavy rains; rainy season.3. any wind that changes directions with the seasons.4. any persistent wind established between water and adjoining land.
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Mike_1962: Actually, it is not locale specific. It is condition specific though. That is to say, a haboob is a specific type of dust storm.
orangehat: Imagine what we could accomplish as a country if people directed their energy and passion toward anything useful instead of complaining about what word the local news uses to describe a dust storm. On the other hand, I'm glad that people are using their time and resources yelling about the local weather report instead of whatever other issues they are passionate about since I'd imagine it probably would end in violence.Also, I'm guessing that if this wasn't a word of Arabic origin there would probably be a bunch of people yelling because the news used a word that has boob in it.
Meliorist: Mike_1962: Actually, it is not locale specific. It is condition specific though. That is to say, a haboob is a specific type of dust storm.So you are saying that the dictionary is wrong?
propasaurus: Hell, there are people who are outraged and offended because a Miracle Whip ad uses the word 'friggin.'
grumpfuff: Meliorist: Mike_1962: Actually, it is not locale specific. It is condition specific though. That is to say, a haboob is a specific type of dust storm.So you are saying that the dictionary is wrong?I'll just leave these here.
log_jammin: propasaurus: Hell, there are people who are outraged and offended because a Miracle Whip ad uses the word 'friggin.'no way
mutterfark: I ♥ Haboobies?
Alphax: Isn't this a repeat from last summer or so?
IsThatYourFinalAnswer: This just in, secret kenyan mooslim Obummer infiltrating good ol' American homes with ARABIC NUMERALS!If you have a clock in your home, he's gotten to you!AMERICAN NUMERALS FOR AMERICAN HOMES!
StopLurkListen: List of English words borrowed from ArabicAdmiralAdobeAlchemy/ChemistryAlcoholAlcoveAlembicAlfalfaAlgebraAlgorithmAlizarin (artists know this one)AlkaliApricotArsenalAverageAzimuthAzure (more artist stuff)That's just the "A"s.What were you saying, Texas?
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