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Jim Meade / Iowa City
Senior Advisor

Ain't No Haboobs In Texas

The National Weather Service got yelled at by using the weather term "haboob" for a particular event.  Don't use none of them Arab words around here, some people shrilled.  Use dust storm or sand storm.

Turns out dust storm and sand storm have definistions and so does haboob.  Like tornado, derecho, huricane, chinook, tsunami and other weather words with foreign origins.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/05/31/arabic-weather-term-haboob-is...

 

Hey, if you didn't hear it before, it didn't exist, right?

 

"At Weather Underground, meteorologist Bob Henson clarified the difference between haboobs, very localized phenomena, and dust storms and sand storms, which tend to cover more territory:

Extreme blowing dust episodes, or duststorms, typically cover a large area, as opposed to the narrow zone of a haboob. Sandstorms occur when sand grains are blown across the lowest few feet of the landscape, usually in true deserts rather than semiarid regions.

The term haboob has been around for decades. As Henson notes, “‘[H]aboob’ is hardly a new term in the meteorological literature. As noted by Maryland weathercaster and AGU blogger Dan Satterfield, a 1925 paper in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society was titled ‘Haboobs’.”"

 

5 Replies
hardnox
Advisor

Re: Ain't No Haboobs In Texas

Don't want any of them french surrender fries neither.

 

PS. That turned out well.

RJG640v8
Advisor

Re: Ain't No Haboobs In Texas

I see an incredible opportunity here for Trump and Abbot to team up and fight this scourge of the darned liberal media talking in muslim...................... this is 'Murica, darn it, speak 'Murican !

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: Ain't No Haboobs In Texas

Anyone unhappy can find refuge in Philadelphia.

 

snip-

The Philadelphia School District will add two Muslim holidays to its calendar, placing it among the first in the nation to do so.

In what would be an even rarer step, Mayor Kenney said Tuesday he also hopes to adopt the holidays for city workers. He has created a task force to determine how the change can be accomplished.

 

http://www.governing.com/topics/education/tns-philadelphia-schools-muslim-holidays.html

rawhide
Advisor

Re: Ain't No Haboobs In Texas

hardnox
Advisor

Re: Ain't No Haboobs In Texas

In the spirit of the counterfactual history that is the norm here, it was a huge mistake to admit Texas to the Union.

 

Better to have left them to become Venezuela on the Brazos as their cultural heritage would have dictated had they not attached themselves to our great nation like a barnacle.

 

Like Venezuela and other petro-states, they would have had to sell their oil to someone (after we'd sent some educated engineers down there to show them how to do it) so no big deal.