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Saharan dust over the Atlantic Ocean

A strong Harmattan wind carried clouds of dust thousands of kilometers across West Africa and the Northern Atlantic Ocean in early February 2012. Blowing south from the Sahara desert, the dry and dusty seasonal trade wind deposited thick layers of dust on sidewalks and

February 27, 2012

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Dust storm over the Arabian Sea

Dust plumes stretched southward over the Arabian Sea in late February 2012.  The thickest plume arises just west of the Iran-Pakistan border. Thinner plumes blow southward along the entire coast of Pakistan.Sandy deserts cover much of southern Pakistan and Iran, and

February 26, 2012

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Dust storm in Utah

Dust and clouds mingled over Utah in late February 2012. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of a dust storm on February 23.The dust arises from the Great Salt Lake Desert, with

February 25, 2012

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Dust storm over Texas

In late February 2012, a dust storm in the Texas Panhandle dropped visibility to near-zero, and caused numerous accidents and two deaths, according to news station WJLA. The dust swept from eastern New Mexico through Texas, forming a giant arc north of Lubbock.

February 23, 2012

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Dust blew off Western Africa

A dust plume blew off the coast of western Africa on February 6, 2012. It was spanning hundreds of kilometers. Distinct plumes blow off the coast of Western Sahara over the ocean, but the large veil of dust in the southwest likely arose farther inland. Sandy desert

February 08, 2012

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Dust storm in Saudi Arabia

A massive dust storm hit Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, disrupting road traffic and bringing public life almost to a standstill. Many schools suspended classes and informed parents to take their kids home well before the school day had ended, while some school authorities have

February 06, 2012

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Dust storm over the Arabian Peninsula

A dust storm swept over the Arabian Peninsula in early February 2012. This dust storm follows a familiar pattern for this region, with especially thick dust occurring in Saudi Arabia’s southwest. Toward the northeast, the dust thins enough to allow the dark waters of

February 03, 2012

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Saharan dust plumes over the Atlantic Ocean

The dust plumes that arose in the western Sahara Desert on January 18, 2012, continued their westward journey the following day. A giant crescent-shaped dust plume  was seen over the Atlantic Ocean on January 19. The plume spans several hundred kilometers. Off the

January 19, 2012

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Afghanistan dust storm

A dense cloud of dust swept across southern Afghanistan and Pakistan on December 20, 2011.  The dust was largely hemmed in by the Makran and Sulaiman Ranges in Pakistan with only a few wisps reaching south over the Arabian Sea. By the time Aqua MODIS flew over just

December 22, 2011

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Dust storm over Syria and Iraq

Dust plumes blew through Syria and Iraq in early December 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on December 10, 2011. The dust plumes arise from discrete points in Syria and

December 12, 2011

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Bodele Depression dust storm

In the southern Sahara Desert, a gap between mountain ranges makes for a natural wind tunnel. Situated within this wind tunnel, Chad’s Bodele Depression is the site of frequent dust storms. In early December 2011, dust plumes blew out of the depression toward the

December 09, 2011

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Dust storm in Argentina

Dust blew off the coast of Argentina in late November 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image below on November 22, 2011. The dust plume appears to originate southwest of Bahía

December 07, 2011

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Dust storms in the Baja California region of Mexico

In late November 2011, dust storms blew off mainland Mexico and the Baja California Peninsula. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image on November 27, 2011. A small dust plume blows off

November 29, 2011

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Dust Storm off Argentina

Dust blew off the coast of Argentina in late November 2011. The dust plume appears to originate southwest of Bahía Blanca and blow in a counter-clockwise arc toward the northeast. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on

November 26, 2011

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Dust storm in Turkmenistan and Afghanistan

On November 6, 2011, a dust plume stretched from southeastern Turkmenistan to northern Afghanistan. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image the same day. Vegetation lines river valleys,

November 08, 2011

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Dust storm off Alaska

Dust blew over the Gulf of Alaska in early November 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on November 2, 2011.Blowing toward the south-southwest, the dust plume remains

November 04, 2011

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Dust off Western Africa

Dust blew off the west coast of Africa and over the Atlantic Ocean in late October 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image on October 27, 2011. Dust forms a thin veil of

October 28, 2011