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Use in North America[edit]

Removed claim that southwestern US haboobs are incorrectly classified as such. Please see the American Meterological Society's glossary listing for "haboob" -- as you can see, there are no geographical constraints to the definition of the term; the term merely describes a type of weather phenomenon, i.e., a large dust or sandstorm produced by the outflow of an outflow-dominant thunderstorm. Digicana 20:38, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

The entry cited seems to have updated to reflect geographic constraint: "A strong wind and sandstorm or duststorm in northern and central Sudan, especially around Khartoum." AMS glossary definition of haboob The word now is in common use by media in the Desert Southwest; perhaps someone can trace this development? Lthanlon (talk) 18:12, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

i wold like to suggest that simply because media uses a term incorrectly does not mean that Wikipedia should. (an example is the media calling all of phoenix a valley instead of a bowl, or the media incorrectly and often referring to Apache helicopters as Black Hawks, or saying that Barack Obama has taken more vacation days than his predecessor) From experience, i can say there is a difference between severity of Middle Eastern/African Haboobs and North American dust storms. And although the media uses the word Haboob for North American dust storms, it is not without controversy as can be displayed here in a New York Times article (non-subscription excerpt at this link with link to actual pay-to-view article)
SOLUTION- i suggest removing the North American reference from the Wikipedia DEFINITION section and instead placing a footnote about the controversy of the word usage when referring to North American Dust Storms. This should satisfy both sides of the argument by saying "yes the word is used, but with controversy and without matching AMS definition"
(i apologize for being long winded) (talk) 12:07, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
PBS felt it important to clarify the difference, but over the past five months there now have been reports of haboobs, making sure to distinguish the two.-- OsirisV (talk) 13:59, 28 May 2014 (UTC)