A haboob is a giant summer dust storm that rolls in from the desert.
Some have been as much as one mile high.
Usually they are followed by rain.
leaving everything in it's wake a muddy mess.
This is a big problem for the ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation)
Here is a creative way they have brought this to our attention.
The following is an excerpt from an ADOT EMail:
Haboob Haiku: Year Two
Dust storm poetry
Shakespeare's got nothing on this
More great haiku, please
PHOENIX — As part of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s efforts to
spread the word about dust storm safety, the agency is once again asking people
to channel their inner poets and send in their haboob haikus. Haboob Haiku: Year Two
gets underway today through ADOT’s social media sites. ADOT first issued
the Haboob Haiku Challenge last year as part of its “Pull Aside, Stay Alive”
dust storm awareness campaign. The challenge was such a smashing success
that worldwide media featured some of the 600 haiku submissions. The
“Pull Aside, Stay Alive” campaign re-launched yesterday as part
of Arizona Monsoon Awareness Week. The campaign will run through the summer,
reminding drivers about the dangers of dust storms and monsoon storms.
A haiku is a form of structured Japanese poetry that follows the traditional rules of
three lines of five, seven and five syllables, respectively. The haikus are designed
to reinforce ADOT’s public safety Drivers are instead encouraged to pull off the roadway
and wait out a dust storm rather than trying to drive with reduced or zero visibility.
This year, everyone is encouraged to send in their haboob haikus to the following
ADOT social media sites:
Some of the favorite haboob haikus from last year include:
dark sky is coming
stay calm, pull over, trust God
hide your breath in hand