Some Texans are outraged over the use of an Arabic weather term

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Dust Storms Begin to Take Shape in the Southwest

Before a dust storm hit a Texas town, the National Weather Service sent out a warning on its Facebook page: "A haboob is rapidly approaching the Lubbock airport and may affect the city as well."

The warning quickly prompted comments from people who were outraged at the use of the Arabic word "haboob."

Brenda Daffern wrote: "In Texas, nimrod, this is called a sandstorm. We've had them for years! If you would like to move to the Middle East you can call this a haboob. While you reside here, call it a sandstorm. We Texans will appreciate you."

Another woman named Sharla Southerland Hamil chimed in: "In over 50 yrs of my life that had been a sand storm. We live in Texas which is in the US not the middle east."

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Some Texans are outraged over the use of an Arabic weather term
SANTAN, AZ - UNDATED: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) A storm over the Santan mountins is seen from the same location of as the now famous haboob video in Santan, Arizona. Self-confessed storm chaser and photographer Scott Wood, 43, is fascinated by extreme weather. Setting up his camera at the Paseo Vista recreation area in Chandler, near Phoenix, Arizona, Scott captured the oncoming dust cloud with incredible clarity. 'The southeast valley of the Phoenix area is very flat, but this recreation area was built up to be something of a hill, it gives great 360 degree views,' Scott explained. 'This dust storm was amazing, there was an incredible amount of detail in the leading edge of the dust storm. Lots of peaks and valleys that created beautiful highlights and shadows being lit by the setting sun which was behind me.' The photographer, from Phoenix, said he first became interested in storm chasing, and storm when he lived in the 'tornado belt' of the US Midwest. (Photo by Scott Wood / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
FLORENCE, AZ - UNDATED: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) A rainbow, rain shower and blue sky all at once over the central Arizona desert in Florence, Arizona. Self-confessed storm chaser and photographer Scott Wood, 43, is fascinated by extreme weather. Setting up his camera at the Paseo Vista recreation area in Chandler, near Phoenix, Arizona, Scott captured the oncoming dust cloud with incredible clarity. 'The southeast valley of the Phoenix area is very flat, but this recreation area was built up to be something of a hill, it gives great 360 degree views,' Scott explained. 'This dust storm was amazing, there was an incredible amount of detail in the leading edge of the dust storm. Lots of peaks and valleys that created beautiful highlights and shadows being lit by the setting sun which was behind me.' The photographer, from Phoenix, said he first became interested in storm chasing, and storm when he lived in the 'tornado belt' of the US Midwest. (Photo by Scott Wood / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - UNDATED: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) A 'haboob' storm that came through the Phoenix metro area in Phoenix, Arizona. Self-confessed storm chaser and photographer Scott Wood, 43, is fascinated by extreme weather. Setting up his camera at the Paseo Vista recreation area in Chandler, near Phoenix, Arizona, Scott captured the oncoming dust cloud with incredible clarity. 'The southeast valley of the Phoenix area is very flat, but this recreation area was built up to be something of a hill, it gives great 360 degree views,' Scott explained. 'This dust storm was amazing, there was an incredible amount of detail in the leading edge of the dust storm. Lots of peaks and valleys that created beautiful highlights and shadows being lit by the setting sun which was behind me.' The photographer, from Phoenix, said he first became interested in storm chasing, and storm when he lived in the 'tornado belt' of the US Midwest. (Photo by Scott Wood / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
Phoenix, 5 July 2011. Looking Southeast.
A large dust storm, or haboob, sweeps across downtown Phoenix, Saturday afternoon, July 21, 2012. Dust storms are common across Arizona during the summer, and walls of dust more than a mile high can blanket an area in a matter of seconds, sometimes reducing visibility to zero..(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
A large dust storm, or haboob, sweeps across downtown Phoenix, Saturday afternoon, July 21, 2012. Dust storms are common across Arizona during the summer, and walls of dust more than a mile high can blanket an area in a matter of seconds, sometimes reducing visibility to zero. (AP Photo/Mark Evans)
PARKER, AZ - UNDATED: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) A summer storm over the western Arizona desert in Parker, Arizona. Self-confessed storm chaser and photographer Scott Wood, 43, is fascinated by extreme weather. Setting up his camera at the Paseo Vista recreation area in Chandler, near Phoenix, Arizona, Scott captured the oncoming dust cloud with incredible clarity. 'The southeast valley of the Phoenix area is very flat, but this recreation area was built up to be something of a hill, it gives great 360 degree views,' Scott explained. 'This dust storm was amazing, there was an incredible amount of detail in the leading edge of the dust storm. Lots of peaks and valleys that created beautiful highlights and shadows being lit by the setting sun which was behind me.' The photographer, from Phoenix, said he first became interested in storm chasing, and storm when he lived in the 'tornado belt' of the US Midwest. (Photo by Scott Wood / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - UNDATED: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) A dust storm developing in the central Arizona desert in Phoenix, Arizona. Self-confessed storm chaser and photographer Scott Wood, 43, is fascinated by extreme weather. Setting up his camera at the Paseo Vista recreation area in Chandler, near Phoenix, Arizona, Scott captured the oncoming dust cloud with incredible clarity. 'The southeast valley of the Phoenix area is very flat, but this recreation area was built up to be something of a hill, it gives great 360 degree views,' Scott explained. 'This dust storm was amazing, there was an incredible amount of detail in the leading edge of the dust storm. Lots of peaks and valleys that created beautiful highlights and shadows being lit by the setting sun which was behind me.' The photographer, from Phoenix, said he first became interested in storm chasing, and storm when he lived in the 'tornado belt' of the US Midwest. (Photo by Scott Wood / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
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Despite these comments and others like it, the use of the term on the Facebook post was completely correct. Haboobs are dust storms caused by downward flowing winds and outward from thunderstorms.

According to the Weather Channel, "The word haboob comes from parts of the world where dust storms are common: the Middle East and northern Africa. According to the American Meteorological Society glossary, the term is derived from the Arabic word habb, which means wind."

But not everyone was frustrated by the use of the word. Some Facebook users were quick to defend the post.

James Gunnels wrote: "The stupidity of some people is just absolutely blinding. Yes, you can call this a sand/dust storm all you wish, but the correct term is and always will be, a Haboob. It seems to me that those who are spewing their racial hatred and bigotry over a simple word such as this, need to return to grade school and become reincorporated into society as respectful human beings."

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