History was made yesterday, and we lived through it. The day had been unusually windy for October, I had made the comment earlier in the day that the weather was acting more like March. So, here we were sitting in the den/kitchen. Kids were finishing homework and I was about to start dinner before Kevin had to leave to go for a reverse 24. I looked out the window and noticed the sky getting dark I said, "it looks like it could storm, but it is just dirt". Then, BANG! 6:15PM and it looked like it was 10pm, pitch black and DIRT BLOWING 74 MPH down our block. We thought a gust front had hit! By the time I got my camera out it lightened up and dirt continued to blow. I didn't video, I should have. The pictures don't convey the intensity, but these are unaltered pictures, the orange is natural!
A haboob (Arabic:"هَبوب", "strong wind") is a type of intense duststorm carried on an atmospheric gravity current. Haboob winds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Kuwait, and North America are frequently created by the collapse of a thunderstorm, while haboobs in Australia may be frequently associated with cold fronts.
I know my sister in AZ has experienced a Haboob. Soldiers stationed in Iraq have experienced this. My friend in Australia might have, have you? I've lived in Lubbock 19 years and the wind can BLOW! However, this was SOMETHING!!
Having to re-dust my house today!! Seriously, I dusted my entire house yesterday...