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FROM THE AUTHOR:
"I was in Arizona filming the desert thunderstorms that occur during the annual monsoon season. We had been filming a very strong thunderstorm with lots of dramatic lightning. When the rain from these storms falls to the ground it creates a large pool of cold air that rushes down to the ground. As the cold air hits the ground it spreads outwards across the desert floor kicking up a wall of dirt and dust. This is called a Haboob, you can see the dust storm racing across the desert at the beginning of the clip. As we tried to re-position ourseleves to get more shots of the Haboob we came to a sudden stop on the interstate, moments later a large cloud of black smoke rose up just a few car lengths ahead of us. There had been a serious car wreck, A truck driving too fast in the reduced visibility had rear ended some slow moving cars and the resulting inferno is what you see in the video. ....."
HABOOB WIKI (lol)
A Haboob (Arabic هبوب) is a type of intense sandstorm commonly observed in arid regions throughout the world. They have been observed in the Sahara desert (typically Sudan), as well as across the Arabian Peninsula, throughout Kuwait, and in the most arid regions of Iraq. African haboobs result from the northward summer shift of the inter-tropical front into North Africa, bringing moisture from the Gulf of Guinea. Haboob winds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Kuwait are frequently created by the collapse of a thunderstorm. The arid and semiarid regions of North America – in fact any dryland region – may experience haboobs. In the United States, they are frequently observed in the deserts of Arizona, including Yuma and Phoenix. During thunderstorm formation, winds move in a direction opposite to the storm's travel, and they will move from all directions into the thunderstorm. When the storm collapses and begins to release precipitation, wind directions reverse, gusting outward from the storm and generally gusting the strongest in the direction of the storm's travel.
When this downdraft, or "downburst", reaches the ground, dry, loose sand from the desert settings is essentially blown up, creating a wall of sediment preceding the storm cloud. This wall of sand can be up to 100 km (60 miles) wide and several kilometers in elevation. At their strongest, haboob winds can travel at 35-50 km/h (20-30 mph), and they may approach with little to no warning. Often rain is not seen at the ground level as it evaporates in the hot, dry air (a phenomenon known as virga), though on occasion when the rain does persist, the precipitation can contain a considerable quantity of dust (severe cases called "mud storms"). Eye and respiratory system protection are advisable for anyone who must be outside during a haboob -- moving to a place of shelter is highly desirable during a strong event.
Across North Africa and the Near East, there are many regional names for this unique sandstorm. The word haboob comes from the Arabic word هبوب "strong wind or 'phenomenon'."
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