Haboob ?




What is a haboob?  It is  derived from the Sudan,  and is an Arabic word meaning violent wind  storm.  There are three places on the planet that experience haboobs, Sahara Desert, parts of the Middle East , and Arizona.   Monsoon winds and rains come to Arizona  from June 15- September 30.

In a large haboob, the wall of dust blown up by the howling over 60 MPH  winds can be hundreds of feet high. Last week in the Phoenix area there was a very large haboob. They always make the national news.

Flights were canceled causing flying delays  all over the country, power was knocked out, and many swimming pools became mud pits!

I was caught in a haboob when I live in the Phoenix area and my car was covered  in mud like this one after  I drove through the sand, and rain!  I had no idea what was going on at the time!


This video was taken in Gilbert Arizona and I chose it from the ones listed on YouTube because the neighborhood looks identical to my son’s.  But come to think of it, it looks like lots of neighborhoods in Gilbert and other Phoenix bedroom communities in the Valley of the Sun !




Have you heard of this weather phenomenon?  Have you seen or witnessed  a haboob or other large storm ?  

images from Public Domain

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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31 Responses to Haboob ?

  1. etinkerbell says:

    No never, dangerous but fascinating on pics. 🙂


  2. Wow! It’s a new one to me..


  3. Jim says:

    YIKES. I have not experienced this particular phenomenon. A couple of years ago, though, my family experienced the most amazing red dust storm in Utah while on a long cross-country drive. Once back home, everyone agreed that the dust storm was the most remarkable thing we saw on the whole fantastic journey. Thanks for the excellent post.


  4. Wow ! The forces and beauty of nature … Thank you for sharing !


  5. annetbell says:

    Yes, beauty and force coming together and making us realize how fragile we are!


  6. Made me think of habibi which is an Arabic term of endearment, the complete opposite to haboob!!


  7. YellowCable says:

    That looks very scary to see in real life.


  8. tommyshaw says:

    That looks insane! Do they often happen in Phoenix?


    • annetbell says:

      The monsoon comes every summer where 1/2 of the yearly rain comes . I have only seen small ones which were scary enough. To answer your question , yes, there are Haboobs that happen most years,but in varying sizes.


  9. gpcox says:

    Only in pictures. Don’t think I’d live there if I had gone thru it.


  10. LAMarcom says:

    Experienced this in Iraq and Afghanistan (without the mud)–day turns to night…


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