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Dust blows between Africa and Arabian peninsula

Dust blows between Africa and the Middle East, over the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and Gulf of Aden. It is difficult to ascertain whether the dust originates from the Arabian Peninsula’s Rub al’Khali Desert or the Sahara Desert, or from both. However, several

August 09, 2012


Dust storm blew from Argentina's Laguna Mar Chiquita

Dry conditions plagued the region of Argentina’s Laguna Mar Chiquita in June and July, 2012. Laguna Mar Chiquita straddles the border between the states of Santiago del Estero in the north, and Cordoba in the south. Cordoba was one of the states contending with

August 01, 2012

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Patterns in thick plume of dust over Gulf of Aden

A thick plume of dust blows off the coast near the Djibouti-Somalia border and over the Gulf of Aden. The ridged patterns in the plume are caused by changes in air currents. A thin veil of dust also hangs over the Red Sea and the Bab el Mandeb Strait, which connects

July 24, 2012


Saharan dust plume over the Atlantic

Dust from Sahara traversed an entire ocean in July 2012. A dust plume extended across the Atlantic Ocean toward the Caribbean Sea and Florida. We reported already about dusty clouds over Florida and now we bring you color-coded map, made from data collected by

July 24, 2012

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Saharan dust cloud heading toward South Florida, US

While summer thunderstorms pound South Florida, a very concentrated area of Saharan dust is coming all the way from Africa. The northern Caribbean islands have already been dealing with Saharan dust with very hazy skies. The dust should arrive sometime on Thursday

July 19, 2012


Dust storm off West Africa

Dust poured off the coast of Africa and over the Atlantic Ocean on in mid-July, 2012. A broad plume of dust blows to the southeast, crossing both Western Sahara (north) and Mauritania (center). As it passes over the Atlantic Ocean, the plume appears to broaden and

July 18, 2012


Veil of dust over Pakistan and Indus river valley

A veil of dust hangs over Pakistan, partially obstructing the view of the Indus River Valley. The valley usually appears as a large, green reversed S stretching from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea. Also partially obscuring the land below is a layer of

July 03, 2012


Dust over Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

Dust hangs over the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. While the cloud of dust is thicker over the former, interesting criss-cross patterns in the dust, caused by changes in wind direction, can be seen over the latter. The two bodies of water are connected by the

July 01, 2012

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Saharan dust over Canary Islands and Madeira

Saharan dust had spread across the Canary Islands and Madeira. The dust started blowing a couple of days earlier in Algeria and Mali, and traveled hundreds of kilometers toward the northwest. Over the Atlantic Ocean, the dust made a giant turn toward the east, in the

June 29, 2012


Dust over Syria, Iran and Iraq

The dust that blew over Syria and Iraq on June 18, 2012, continued its southeastward journey the following day. On June 19, the dust had spread to western Iran and the Persian Gulf. By the time MODIS acquired this image below, the satellite sensor could barely

June 21, 2012

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Sudden sandstorm swept across the beach in Barcelona, Spain

Sudden and spectacular dust storm engulfed Olympic Port in Barcelona on Tuesday afternoon, June 12. An unusual atmospheric phenomenon could be behind the strange event. This would be a sudden shock of two masses of air, blowing in opposite directions. All day

June 14, 2012


Dust over the Afar Depression, Ethiopia and Eritrea

Dust blows across the Red Sea and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, over Eritrea and over Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, it is hemmed in and funneled southwards by the mountains bordering the Afar Region. The name of the funnel-shaped area is the Afar Depression or Afar Triangle, a

June 10, 2012

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Extremely destructive dust storm affects Pakistan

Dust blows off the coast of Pakistan, near the border with Iran, and over the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman and according to news reports death toll in region climbed to 8. The worst hit was Pakistan where powerful dust storm claimed four lives by now and injured more

June 09, 2012


Dust blows over Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

Early in June, dust plume formed over the Red Sea. This plume extended from the coast of Sudan in a large arc toward the southeast and began blowing off the Sudan coast on June 7. By June 8, the plume was thick enough to completely hide the water surface below, and a

June 08, 2012


Dust storm over Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Persian Gulf

Dust continued to blow across Afghanistan and Pakistan on June 5, 2012. The light beige dust rose from the Hamoun wetlands along the border of Iran (west) and Afghanistan (east) and blows in a wide band across southern Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India. The

June 06, 2012


Dense dust storms blow over Middle east

A dust storm shrouded Iraq and Kuwait in late May 2012. On May 22, the Kuwait News Agency reported that thick dust had suspended operations in two ports, and business news site Zawya reported that dust storm activity forced the closure of the Baghdad airport.

May 24, 2012


Dust storm in the Middle East

In early May 2012, a dust storm blew over the Middle East, particularly east of Damascus. The storm covered most of Syria, and extended into Iraq, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. The dust was thickest in the west, especially over Jordan and northern Saudi Arabia, and

May 14, 2012