Other Local Winds - Haboobs

  • A haboob is a sand and/or dust storm

  • generated as a thunderstorm produces a downdraft of cold air

  • the downdraft air descends, strikes the surface and spreads out generating strong surface winds

  • the strong surface winds are able to loft sand and dust into the air

  • the leading edge of the cold, sandy, dusty air is called the thunderstorm gust front

  • an image Google search will result in many haboob photos.

  • More local winds around the world:


Show, with the aid of a diagram, what atmospheric and topographic conditions are necessary for an area in the Northern Hemisphere to experience hot summer breezes from the north.