Spring fires and smoke in eastern Asia

Spring fires and smoke in eastern Asia

Russian officials announced that twenty-one forest fires were burning on May 17 on a total of over 3,000 hectares, with 2,600 hectares blazing in Buryatia and almost 500 hectares in Khabarovsk territory. Three new fires were seen in Tunkinsky National Park in the past

Ash on snow from Shiveluch volcano on Kamchatka Peninsula, eastern Russia

Ash on snow from Shiveluch volcano on Kamchatka Peninsula, eastern Russia

As part of the Pacific Volcanic Ring, the remote and beautiful Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia holds more than 300 volcanoes, and twenty-nine of them are currently active. Of all the volcanoes on Kamchatka, Shiveluch is the most active – indeed, it is one of

White Sands dust storm

White Sands dust storm

Dust from the White Sands dune field in New Mexico rises thousands of feet from the valley floor and drifts over the snowy peaks of the Sacramento Mountains driven by southwesterly winter winds. White Sands National Monument lies in the 50 kilometer (31 mile) wide

An intense dust storm formed over Western China’s Taklimakan Desert

An intense dust storm formed over Western China’s Taklimakan Desert

An intense dust storm formed over Western China’s Taklimakan Desert on April 23, 2012. Sitting inside the Tarim Basin, the Taklimakan Desert is the warmest, driest, largest desert in China, and it ranks among the world’s largest shifting-sand deserts. Sand dunes

Dust seen over Russia

Dust seen over Russia

In late April 2012, dust mingled with clouds over the eastern Russian Federation. The dust likely originated along the border between China and Mongolia and followed a counter-clockwise arc into eastern Russia. Fires along the China-Mongolia border may also have

Ice floes along the Kamchatka coastline seen from ISS

Ice floes along the Kamchatka coastline seen from ISS

The irregular southeastern coastline of Kamchatka provokes large, circular eddy currents to spin off from the main southwestward-flowing Kamchatka current. Three such eddies are observed by the International Space Station (ISS)  as the winter season blankets

Fog blankets the Yellow Sea

Fog blankets the Yellow Sea

The shallow Yellow Sea, which has a number of busy ports, usually sees 50 foggy days a year; some weather stations in the area have measured fog on up to 80 days. One of those days was March 28, 2012, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on

Saharan dust over the Atlantic Ocean

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

Dust storm over the Arabian Sea

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