Well, being a native West Texan I did not realize there was a term for 'enormous sand storm' that I didn't know. Then two days ago a wall of dust, the leading edge of a cold front, blew into the city. So the news folks were glibly using the term "haboob". I googled the term and found it is an arabic word that means enormous sand storm...or something like that. It was truly the worst I have ever seen but not the only one. In May 1970, the same month as the Lubbock tornado, a haboob (see how casually I can use that word) blew into Abernathy. Looking out west of town we could see the wall of sand and dust rolling across the cotton fields toward town.
Hopefully that will be our only haboob for the Fall! With our recent drought and fairly typical high winds, this could be just the beginning. People are referring back to the dust bowl days. I just hope that our farmers and land owners have come up with some plan for planting something to keep the dirt where it belongs. On the ground.
Happy Fall Ya'll!
Mary Benton, REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty