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(AZ Family)   The haboob season is starting freakishly early in Arizona   (azfamily.com) divider line 47
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2014-03-26 01:50:11 AM  
Hope it doesn't turn into the underboob season, or rather, yes I do.
 
2014-03-26 02:18:20 AM  
Just wait until fires start...any day now.
 
2014-03-26 02:29:05 AM  
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2014-03-26 07:16:50 AM  
This reminds me of one of the stupider aspects of the far right: having been very pro-military and pro the Iraq War, but then complaining about 'turrust words' when those very soldiers come back from that very war, all using the exact word for the phenomenon from the place that knows it best.

Sorry guys: haboob is a part of the lexicon now. And a GREAT Scrabble word.
 
2014-03-26 07:29:32 AM  

whistleridge: This reminds me of one of the stupider aspects of the far right: having been very pro-military and pro the Iraq War, but then complaining about 'turrust words' when those very soldiers come back from that very war, all using the exact word for the phenomenon from the place that knows it best.

Sorry guys: haboob is a part of the lexicon now. And a GREAT Scrabble word.


It's easy to remember. Haboobs is made of sand.

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2014-03-26 07:57:15 AM  
I like where this thread is going.
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2014-03-26 07:58:18 AM  

violentsalvation: Just wait until fires start...any day now.

No rainfall is expected to follow the dust into the Phoenix area.

Really?

 
2014-03-26 08:00:12 AM  

phamwaa: I like where this thread is going.
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Side-haboob!
 
2014-03-26 08:00:36 AM  
Why do they tell you to turn all the lights off? Risk of a short?
 
2014-03-26 08:00:52 AM  
C'mon God, you're not really giving your all to wipe out Arizona.
 
2014-03-26 08:01:35 AM  
blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com
 
2014-03-26 08:02:19 AM  
I'm curious about this advice. FTA:

Officials say that If you encounter blowing dust or blowing sand on the roadway or see it approaching, pull off the road as far as possible and put your vehicle in park. Turn the lights all the way off and keep your foot off the brake pedal.

Wouldn't you want to be more visible to other cars? This is an unknown weather happening for me; can someone explain the reasoning behind this? Thanks in advance.
 
2014-03-26 08:02:38 AM  
So just how big are haboobs?
 
2014-03-26 08:05:50 AM  

Hiro Nakamura: So just how big are haboobs?


They span yooooge tracts of land.
 
2014-03-26 08:10:24 AM  

whistleridge: This reminds me of one of the stupider aspects of the far right: having been very pro-military and pro the Iraq War, but then complaining about 'turrust words' when those very soldiers come back from that very war, all using the exact word for the phenomenon from the place that knows it best.

Sorry guys: haboob is a part of the lexicon now. And a GREAT Scrabble word.

cmeconfessions.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-26 08:17:24 AM  

rbaron71: I'm curious about this advice. FTA:

Officials say that If you encounter blowing dust or blowing sand on the roadway or see it approaching, pull off the road as far as possible and put your vehicle in park. Turn the lights all the way off and keep your foot off the brake pedal.

Wouldn't you want to be more visible to other cars? This is an unknown weather happening for me; can someone explain the reasoning behind this? Thanks in advance.


My guess is to avoid providing brake lights for other cars to try to follow. They're more likely to miss you if they're not trying to follow you.
 
2014-03-26 08:22:52 AM  
I don't beloob it!
 
2014-03-26 08:24:18 AM  

DrMcNinja: I don't beloob it!


Habeeb it.
 
2014-03-26 08:38:32 AM  
I thought that season started the day after Jan Brewer was elected governor.

Oh, haboob season.  Gotcha.
 
2014-03-26 08:39:28 AM  
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2014-03-26 08:41:22 AM  
This thread might have more post if the submitter would have used English then people would have known this thread was about something being blown.
 
2014-03-26 08:43:47 AM  
Damn things somehow trigger weather alerts from cell companies. Woke my a§§ up at 3:26pm and made me want to murder someone.

/working nights
//I live here so getting a.....aw hell you get the idea
 
2014-03-26 08:51:09 AM  
The weather sounds habooby.

Habooby.

Shattered.


Sorry, Mick
 
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2014-03-26 09:35:42 AM  
I'm glad to see this headline because I was looking at a job ad wanting "hadoop" experience and I couldn't figure out why that term sounded familiar. I don't have experience with dust storms.
 
2014-03-26 09:42:53 AM  

IronTom: Hope it doesn't turn into the underboob season, or rather, yes I do.


It's been in the 70s and 80s here for a while now this year, so I'm sure plenty a boob has been shown.
 
2014-03-26 09:46:30 AM  

WelldeadLink: rbaron71: I'm curious about this advice. FTA:

Officials say that If you encounter blowing dust or blowing sand on the roadway or see it approaching, pull off the road as far as possible and put your vehicle in park. Turn the lights all the way off and keep your foot off the brake pedal.

Wouldn't you want to be more visible to other cars? This is an unknown weather happening for me; can someone explain the reasoning behind this? Thanks in advance.

My guess is to avoid providing brake lights for other cars to try to follow. They're more likely to miss you if they're not trying to follow you.


That's the rationale. I dont think it's necessarily that smart. Like only an idiot would drive into a stationary object just because they see break lights, but then I drive next to oblivious idiots every day.
 
2014-03-26 09:49:15 AM  
It figures. Haboobs are Muslim, and we didn't have them in this country until the Kenyan usurper stole the election and turned us into a socialist caliphate ruled by Sharia law. Study it out.
 
2014-03-26 09:50:04 AM  

elysive: My guess is to avoid providing brake lights for other cars to try to follow. They're more likely to miss you if they're not trying to follow you.

That's the rationale. I dont think it's necessarily that smart. Like only an idiot would drive into a stationary object just because they see break lights, but then I drive next to oblivious idiots every day.


You can't see break lights. Now brake lights on the other hand...

The idea is that in very low visibility situations, drivers will often follow the tail and brake lights of the vehicle in front of them to help determine where the road is. Pulling off, but leaving your lights on, tends to suggest to the people behind you that the shoulder is where the road is, and people being what they are, will tend to follow you off the road.
 
2014-03-26 09:55:46 AM  

This text is now purple: elysive: My guess is to avoid providing brake lights for other cars to try to follow. They're more likely to miss you if they're not trying to follow you.

That's the rationale. I dont think it's necessarily that smart. Like only an idiot would drive into a stationary object just because they see break lights, but then I drive next to oblivious idiots every day.

You can't see break lights. Now brake lights on the other hand...

The idea is that in very low visibility situations, drivers will often follow the tail and brake lights of the vehicle in front of them to help determine where the road is. Pulling off, but leaving your lights on, tends to suggest to the people behind you that the shoulder is where the road is, and people being what they are, will tend to follow you off the road.


My bad on the typo. As to following you, that's really not bad if they follow you off the road. It's only bad if they run into you. If you aren't moving that shouldn't happen, but drivers here, it seems, are terrible at judging how fast objects are moving (or not moving).
 
2014-03-26 10:14:22 AM  
I noticed on the Television news report they totally avoided saying the word "haboob". Dust storm this, dust storm that.

Has it fallen out of favor? They only just started calling it that recently.
 
2014-03-26 10:24:59 AM  

whistleridge: This reminds me of one of the stupider aspects of the far right: having been very pro-military and pro the Iraq War, but then complaining about 'turrust words' when those very soldiers come back from that very war, all using the exact word for the phenomenon from the place that knows it best.

Sorry guys: haboob is a part of the lexicon now. And a GREAT Scrabble word.


Funny how you never hear them trying to ban the use of certain other Arab words, like admiral, alcohol, algebra, candy, etc...
 
2014-03-26 10:44:54 AM  

elysive: This text is now purple: elysive: My guess is to avoid providing brake lights for other cars to try to follow. They're more likely to miss you if they're not trying to follow you.

That's the rationale. I dont think it's necessarily that smart. Like only an idiot would drive into a stationary object just because they see break lights, but then I drive next to oblivious idiots every day.

You can't see break lights. Now brake lights on the other hand...

The idea is that in very low visibility situations, drivers will often follow the tail and brake lights of the vehicle in front of them to help determine where the road is. Pulling off, but leaving your lights on, tends to suggest to the people behind you that the shoulder is where the road is, and people being what they are, will tend to follow you off the road.

My bad on the typo. As to following you, that's really not bad if they follow you off the road. It's only bad if they run into you. If you aren't moving that shouldn't happen, but drivers here, it seems, are terrible at judging how fast objects are moving (or not moving).


Judging speed is difficult with low differential motion and no background cues.

The other pro-tip for poor visibility situations is to maintain a low speed differential.
 
2014-03-26 11:03:44 AM  

rbaron71: I'm curious about this advice. FTA:

Officials say that If you encounter blowing dust or blowing sand on the roadway or see it approaching, pull off the road as far as possible and put your vehicle in park. Turn the lights all the way off and keep your foot off the brake pedal.

Wouldn't you want to be more visible to other cars? This is an unknown weather happening for me; can someone explain the reasoning behind this? Thanks in advance.


Cars have been known to follow your brake or taillights, thinking that you are on the road. Multi-car pileups have happened this way. It's safer to take your chances in the dust. It's also why you're supposed to pull FAR off of the road, not just the shoulder.
 
2014-03-26 11:05:56 AM  

elysive: This text is now purple: elysive: My guess is to avoid providing brake lights for other cars to try to follow. They're more likely to miss you if they're not trying to follow you.

That's the rationale. I dont think it's necessarily that smart. Like only an idiot would drive into a stationary object just because they see break lights, but then I drive next to oblivious idiots every day.

You can't see break lights. Now brake lights on the other hand...

The idea is that in very low visibility situations, drivers will often follow the tail and brake lights of the vehicle in front of them to help determine where the road is. Pulling off, but leaving your lights on, tends to suggest to the people behind you that the shoulder is where the road is, and people being what they are, will tend to follow you off the road.

My bad on the typo. As to following you, that's really not bad if they follow you off the road. It's only bad if they run into you. If you aren't moving that shouldn't happen, but drivers here, it seems, are terrible at judging how fast objects are moving (or not moving).


You can have as little as 10 feet of visibility. This isn't a matter of driving on a clear day and just not paying attention.
 
2014-03-26 11:07:43 AM  

fnordest: I noticed on the Television news report they totally avoided saying the word "haboob". Dust storm this, dust storm that.

Has it fallen out of favor? They only just started calling it that recently.


They probably got my threatening email. It's a name for something that already had a name, it's just trendy and stupid.
 
2014-03-26 11:22:44 AM  

This text is now purple: elysive: This text is now purple: elysive: My guess is to avoid providing brake lights for other cars to try to follow. They're more likely to miss you if they're not trying to follow you.

That's the rationale. I dont think it's necessarily that smart. Like only an idiot would drive into a stationary object just because they see break lights, but then I drive next to oblivious idiots every day.

You can't see break lights. Now brake lights on the other hand...

The idea is that in very low visibility situations, drivers will often follow the tail and brake lights of the vehicle in front of them to help determine where the road is. Pulling off, but leaving your lights on, tends to suggest to the people behind you that the shoulder is where the road is, and people being what they are, will tend to follow you off the road.

My bad on the typo. As to following you, that's really not bad if they follow you off the road. It's only bad if they run into you. If you aren't moving that shouldn't happen, but drivers here, it seems, are terrible at judging how fast objects are moving (or not moving).

Judging speed is difficult with low differential motion and no background cues.

The other pro-tip for poor visibility situations is to maintain a low speed differential.


Which is why the idiot behind you should also follow the rule of thumb of pulling off the road and stopping (or at least stopping in the road) instead of trying to slowly follow brake lights down a road with no visibility. Worst case scenario they should stop when brake lights get really close to their front bumper.

My fear with the brake light issue is that i might run into someone with their lights off or might be run into because of a speed differential and/or time delay between the cars pulling off the road (a specific example would be a car from a middle lane in a large freeway trying to find a free spot on the shoulder), but the likelihood of that is probably slim.

I guess I can recall being a kid in a car during a snow storm where people actually traveled down a highway using primarily tail lights of other cars to guide them, but that seems pretty stupid in hindsight. At least dust storms are over quickly. I cant imagine why anyone would want to risk being a statistic when you can wait it out.

/hates other drivers so much I think I'll stay in today
//glad I've never had to drive through a real haboob
 
2014-03-26 11:24:32 AM  
Big haboobs a comin'. You got to motorboat outta there.
 
2014-03-26 12:02:10 PM  

elysive: As to following you, that's really not bad if they follow you off the road. It's only bad if they run into you.


It's also a problem if they run into something else or crash, beacuse they unexpectedly leave the road.
 
2014-03-26 12:09:38 PM  

Dansker: elysive: As to following you, that's really not bad if they follow you off the road. It's only bad if they run into you.

It's also a problem if they run into something else or crash, beacuse they unexpectedly leave the road.


I get it. The shoulder is a dangerous place. But really, if you're going fast enough in a zero visibility storm for this to be a huge problem, it's a miracle you havent crashed already.

And I surrender. I'll turn off my lights in a dust storm because it's what people expect, but I still think the convention is stupid and geared toward protecting the most stupid.
 
2014-03-26 12:34:47 PM  
You said 'haboob'.
 
2014-03-26 01:26:16 PM  
twimgs.com

They need to get their data storage in order.
 
2014-03-26 05:28:42 PM  

Mikey1969: rbaron71: I'm curious about this advice. FTA:

Officials say that If you encounter blowing dust or blowing sand on the roadway or see it approaching, pull off the road as far as possible and put your vehicle in park. Turn the lights all the way off and keep your foot off the brake pedal.

Wouldn't you want to be more visible to other cars? This is an unknown weather happening for me; can someone explain the reasoning behind this? Thanks in advance.

Cars have been known to follow your brake or taillights, thinking that you are on the road. Multi-car pileups have happened this way. It's safer to take your chances in the dust. It's also why you're supposed to pull FAR off of the road, not just the shoulder.


Thanks, that makes sense.
 
2014-03-26 05:32:47 PM  

rbaron71: Mikey1969: rbaron71: I'm curious about this advice. FTA:

Officials say that If you encounter blowing dust or blowing sand on the roadway or see it approaching, pull off the road as far as possible and put your vehicle in park. Turn the lights all the way off and keep your foot off the brake pedal.

Wouldn't you want to be more visible to other cars? This is an unknown weather happening for me; can someone explain the reasoning behind this? Thanks in advance.

Cars have been known to follow your brake or taillights, thinking that you are on the road. Multi-car pileups have happened this way. It's safer to take your chances in the dust. It's also why you're supposed to pull FAR off of the road, not just the shoulder.

Thanks, that makes sense.


No problem. It's one of the first driving safety things I learned in AZ, years before I started driving. Never had to do it, it would be scary as fark.
 
2014-03-26 06:18:34 PM  

Mikey1969: It's also why you're supposed to pull FAR off of the road, not just the shoulder.


I just saw this post now. I assume you mean pulling off into the soft shoulder, as opposed to blindly navigating people's yards and wild desert?
 
2014-03-26 06:46:00 PM  

elysive: Mikey1969: It's also why you're supposed to pull FAR off of the road, not just the shoulder.

I just saw this post now. I assume you mean pulling off into the soft shoulder, as opposed to blindly navigating people's yards and wild desert?


You're supposed to get as far off of the road as possible, without mowing down the fence the marks the edge of the freeway. Or yeah, without ramming into someone's living room.

Sometimes the right of way is a good 20 ft, and the farther off the freeway you can get, the better, less chance of getting nailed by someone else pulling off of the road.
 
2014-03-26 08:50:18 PM  
From the weathermen who decided to replace "dust storm" with "haboob", another replacement:

"Oogeyboogey-ptang ptang!", which is the Jamaican word for "snow", but more appropriate than "snow".

Because.
 
2014-03-26 11:00:38 PM  
Bad subby! You imply a change in climate-like things AND THAT IS A MYTH. Haboob season has always started at this time. Doubleplus ungood!
 
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