Haboobs are characterized by a wall of blowing dust and dirt that typically form from the outflow of a strong shower or thunderstorm. Similar to a dust storm, haboobs can cause a rapid drop in visibility down to near 0 miles in a matter of a few minutes or even less.
The word Haboob originated in Sudan where intense dust storms occur over the Saharan Dessert and other arid regions nearby and are more common than in any other part of the world. Haboobs can grow to be up to around 10,000 feet high as they propagate from a thunderstorm and typically only last about 10-30 minutes. Some of the stronger haboobs can last up to a few hours and travel over 100 miles. Given such durations and heights, haboobs can make for some spectacular photo opportunities, but they can also be quite dangerous if motorists and anyone outside gets caught in one.
In 2005 Hurricane Wilma became the strongest Category 5 Hurricane in the Atlantic basin in recorded history with a barometric pressure of 882mb.
It slammed the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico then went on to hit Florida. Mike Theiss captured on video Hurricane Wilma's strong Category 2 force winds on Miami Beach, Florida on October 24th, 2005. He recorded on video Hurricane Wilma's fierce eyewall and then her calm eye. While inside Hurricane Wilma's eye Mike recorded a barometric pressure of 959mb. Hurricane Wilma lost some of her punch before hitting Florida but still caused an estimate 16.8 billion dollars in damage...
Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Gwen Ifill about the U.S. response to Russia’s new ban against most Western food imports, the E.U.’s growing resolve to stand with the U.S. and the growing potential for Russian troops to invade Eastern Ukraine.
She is a stupid. European economy will really suffer from Russian sanctions. Especially Poland and the Baltic countries.