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“Pollen Haboob” Hits New Englanders Tuesday

1 Jun 2022, 6:35 am

It was a different kind of weather event on the final day of May in New England on Tuesday, a storm of the pollen variety.

Clouds of yellow-greenish dust swept across the skyline Tuesday, indicative of a dust storm in the Plains. But this one was of a different color, and of a different variety. Some are referring to it as a “pollen haboob”, stemming off the term haboob which is the name for a dust storm.

Social media users across Massachusetts posted their videos of low visibility, clouds of pollen, and gusty winds rolling across the horizon. At the time, a strong cold front was moving through New England.

This strong cold front, referred to as a back door cold front because it seeps south from Canada, plummeted temperatures a solid 30 degrees after its passage. Afternoon temperatures were in the 90’s ahead of the front, but 50’s where the cold air reached.

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