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Rare Weather Event for the Region Happened in Far Northwest Iowa on Thursday

May 13, 2022 9:27am

An intense dust storm hit northwest Iowa in the Little Rock area late in the day Thursday, causing a temporary black out due to the amount of dust in the air.

National Weather Service meteorologist Allan Curtis says the word to describe this weather phenomenon was first used in the United States in 1972...(audio clip below  :02 )

50 years ago, Arizona scientists began using the word to describe the dust storms that swept through the Phoenix area.

The National Weather Service uses the term, but Curtis says most Iowans probably haven't heard it because haboobs are most common in dry, arid regions in the southwest U.S. and western plains...(audio clip below  :26 )

A combination of conditions in northwest Iowa yesterday -- a strong thunderstorm with high winds approaching dry, barren cropland -- produced the atmosphere for a haboob.

(credit to Radio Iowa)