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  • A "haboob" or desert storm/whirlwind, particular to Morocco and the Western Sahara. First chronicled by Herodotus in "The Histories", it's listed by Count Almasy in "The English Patient" as a wind "against which the felaheen defend themselves with knives" - along with the ghibli, the harmattan and other desert sandstorms, although the properties of some of the winds are exaggerated in the screenplay. (Herodotus never claimed the harmattan produced a blood-red rain.)

    January 17, 2010