Deadly ‘Snowboob’ Envelops Southern Ontario

By Tom Yulsman | February 28, 2014 5:27 pm

I was planning to pack it up early today until I saw this amazing Twitpic on Mashable.

Perhaps you’ve heard of haboobs, intense dust and sand storms that can reach 10,000 feet high. Not uncommon in Phoenix during the monsoon season there, they look like a giant brown wall as they approach. But have you ever imagined a ‘snowboob’?

It turns out that snow squalls can take on the same appearance as haboobs. The wall of snow in the image above enveloped Toronto and other parts of Southern Ontario yesterday (Feb. 27).

Here’s another view:

Unfortunately, the giant snow squall caused mayhem for drivers across southern Ontario. Near Barrie, Ontario, north of Toronto, the sudden white-out conditions resulted in a 96-car pileup. And at least one death has been blamed on the wall of snow — to the west in Sarnia. You can find more details at The Toronto Star.

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  • GTA

    Looks similar to rain wall of a BIG storm last summer in the same area

  • Friv 200 – Friv 2



    I saw “snowboob ” and thought it was something else- do they come in pairs?

    • melitagnm105

      my Aunty Grace got a nearly new blue Kia by working part
      time from the internet. look at this now J­u­m­p­9­9­9­.­ℂ­o­m



ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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