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    Rare Haboob Develops In Ritzville, Washington

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    High winds traveled through Ritzville Washington, and along their path picked up loads of sand and created a rare weather occurrence called a haboob.

    High winds traveled through Ritzville Washington, and along their path picked up loads of sand and created a rare weather occurrence called a haboob.

    During one of these storms, walls of dust can develop and reach as high as 10 thousand feet.

    The one in Ritzville, a city near Spokane, travelled through the area at 60 miles per hour.

    Along its path was Interstate 90, where it created 0 visibility conditions.

    Many were caught up in the haboob and have since been sharing their extraordinary photograph and video accounts of the storm.

    While not common in Washington, the high-speed dust walls are a more frequent occurrence in Arizona.

    They’re also common in many of the northern desert areas of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

    The storm’s name comes from the Arabic word for wind or blow, which is haab.

    Its formation is caused when air is forced downward by approaching thunderstorm cells.

    Once the rushing air reaches the ground, it starts to collect and hold ground cover as it rushes along its route.

    Typically they don’t last longer than 30 minutes, but if they do can cause many troubles for both air and land transit.