Haboob blasts across the High Plains

Mar 17, 2014

A towering wall of dust known as a haboob pushed across a big swath of the High Plains last Tuesday said an article from Discover.

The dust streamed out of Colorado and Kansas into Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.

Winds gusting to almost 60 miles per hour reduced visibility to almost zero in southwestern Kansas. 

The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies described a report of severe turbulence at 45,000 feet over the region, possibly caused by a passing cold front.

The haboob has two causes: the cold front and the region’s exceptional drought conditions.