Saharan dust plume with high values moving over Europe


A large Saharan dust plume is moving NE over parts of Europe — from Spain and France today, February 6, 2021, into Italy, Germany, and the rest of northern and eastern Europe and the Balkans in the coming days.

Sand-laden rains, a fairly rare phenomenon in winter, are expected over much of the region.

Dust Optical Depth, February 5 – 8, 2021. Data source: AEMET. Credit: AEMET, Google, TW

Image credit: NASA Terra/MODIS, TW. Acquired February 5, 2021

Image credit: NASA Terra/MODIS, TW. Acquired February 5, 2021

Events such as this can significantly lower air quality and be dangerous for sensitive groups — be sure to track your local air quality index.

Air Quality Index at 10:30 UTC on February 6, 2021. Credit: aqicn.org

Featured image credit: Scaping.com


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