If climate predictions are correct, it will become hotter, drier and dustier in Arizona over the coming decades. That means giant dust storms like the recent haboobs in Phoenix and Tucson will become more frequent.
"Haboob" is a word long used by meteorologists but until recently rarely seen by the general public. That changed in 2011 and 2012 when the deadly dust storms added an increased hazard to the drive from Tucson to Phoenix.
The Arizona Department of Transportation announced today that it's launching a contest to discover the most creative haiku about Arizona's dust storms. Dubbed the "haboob haiku" challenge, ADOT wants to combine Monsoon Safety Awareness Week information with a little bit of fun.