Your haboob is my dust storm
Haboob. It seems to be the hot new word with meteorologists this year. Those giant walls of dust that have swept over Phoenix, and now Lubbock, are being called “haboobs.” When I was a kid growing up in Oklahoma in the ’40s and ’50s, those things were called dust storms, period. Oklahoma was the heart of the Dust Bowl, and our dust storms were the tail end of that infamous era. Just plain ol’ dust storms. Somehow we communicated just fine without the highfalutin word “haboob,” which I’d never heard before this year.