I’ve lived in Arizona for 15 years now. That’s 15 years of heat, amazing winter weather, monsoons and whatever else Mother Nature has blessed our Sonoran Desert with. Occasionally, we even have dust storms, where the wind blows dust hard and covers everything in its path.
So, for 15 years now I’ve experienced the forces of Mother Nature but something happened this year. 2011 is the first year I’ve ever heard dust storms called – Haboobs.
WTF is a Haboob
Who the hell came up with this term? More importantly, why are we just calling dust storms Haboobs now? Hurricanes have always been hurricanes, tornados have always been tornados and monsoons have always been called monsoons – where did this term come from?
So this is what happens now in Arizona: the wind picks up and dust blows and people (the news is especially guilty) start saying here come another Haboob. Huh? Really?
I know Haboob is not a new word. Haboob is an Arabic for strong winds. Haboobs probably date back to when Moses walked through the desert, but why are we just using this term now? I just don’t get it…