In most of the United States we think of summer as the seasonfor outdoor fun: swimming, boating and grilling, among otherthings.

For those along the East Coast and the Gulf Coast, summer isalso known as hurricane season. But in Arizona, California, Nevada,New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas June and July are known as peak duststorm or “haboob” season, even though such storms can occur atother times of the year as well.

According to the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration (NOAA), haboobs are very strong dust and sandstorms that move through hot and dry regions. They are common inarid regions such as the Sahara desert, the Arabian Peninsula,North Africa and the Gulf of Guinea.

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