New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Beat the Haboob

Team: 121

School: Quemado High

Area of Science: Earth Science

Interim: Team Number: 121
School Name: Quemado High School
Area of Science: Earth Science
Project Title: Beat the Haboob

Problem Definition:
The definition of the problem is to track Haboobs. Haboobs are sandstorms. Haboobs are caused by severe thunderstorms and by jet streams creating wind currents that pick up dust and debris. The reason that we want to track Haboobs is to make it safe to cross the desert without being caught in the Haboobs. We plan to make a program that shows the way that Haboobs start, how they travel, and when they start. So far we have researched and gathered information about how a Haboobs starts and how it travels. In time we will design a program simulating are variables.
Research Information:
We found out that Haboobs are created by jet streams, cold fronts, and severe thunderstorms. The name ‘haboob’ came from Sudan, Africa. Haboobs are found at any place where wind can blow debris in to the air which covers most of the world. In the deserts of Central Australia, Haboobs are common. They move in the opposite direction of the thunderstorm pushing them. When the wind reaches the ground, the dust kicks up everywhere. Habbobs can travel from 22-100 miles per hours.
Progress to Date:
We are trying to find away to simulate a Haboob start by either a jet stream, cold front, or by a thunderstorm on the Star Logo Program. We also researched how to make a program by looking at related projects. We have a pretty good idea how to design the program. Thanks to a program that simulates forest fires we were able to get a hint how to design the program. We just don’t quite know how to track them in the program. Right now we have a program with Haboobs roaming around the field. We can make the Haboobs start but we are having trouble simulating the cause of the wind.

Plan for Solving the Problem:
We want to make a program that shows how Haboobs start and how they travel. We want to make a person cross the desert safely. But the problem is that that person will have to try to cross the desert without being hit or getting covered by the Haboob. They will cross the desert by using the patterns that we have researched keeping them safe from the Haboobs.
Expected Results:
Our expected results are that we can make a program that shows how the Haboobs start and travel. We will choose either to make them start by a thunderstorm, a jet stream, or a cold front. Then after the Haboobs have started, we will make them travel around and notice their traveling patterns. After we have studied their patterns, we will simulate a person travel across the desert without being hit or buried alive by the Haboob.
Team Members: Alex Diaz, Brendon Lukins, Dally Mckinnely, and Jace Vance.
Sponsoring Teacher: Mr. Vance
Wikipedia: Haboobs

Team Members:

Sponsoring Teacher: William Vance

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