Defenses for Spring 2021

MINERAL DUST LOFTING AND INTERACTIONS WITH COLD POOLS

January 29, 2021

Jennie Bukowski

Convective dust storms, or haboobs, form when strong surface winds loft loose soils in convective storm outflow boundaries. Haboobs are a public safety hazard and can cause a near instantaneous loss of visibility, inimical air quality, and contribute significantly to regional dust and radiation budgets. Nevertheless, reliable predictions of convective dust events are inhibited by a lack of…