Khabaad tempest

J2E-Afghanistan5 – In Afghanistan, there is a dry, hot wind the nationals call the khabaad, which is pronounced hogbot. It begins in the late afternoon, stirring the tops of trees and sweeping dust off the surrounding mountains. Within a few hours, the khabaad has worked itself into a tempest: trees bend at 45-degree angles, windows blow open, household articles fly off the shelves and visibility is reduced to almost nil. Woe to the poor bicyclist caught in this maelstrom; they are enveloped in dust, dirt and garbage, becoming virtually invisible to passing motorists. 

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