Today's archival tidbit comes from volume 5, issue 3 (May/June 2006):

A "haboob" is a moist, hot wind in the Sahara Desert that often accompanies thunderstorms. Haboobs stir up huge quantities of sand and move across the desert in the form of a dense wall that can reach heights up to 3,000 feet. You'd probably learn this kind of stuff in school if anyone could say "haboob" without giggling.