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

Unusual blue-green mass in Mackenzie Bay, Antarctic

Unusual blue-green mass in Mackenzie Bay, Antarctic

Off the northeastern edge of Antarctica’s Amery Ice Shelf lies Mackenzie Bay, which was painted with a ghostly blue-green mass in early February 2012. Icebergs sometimes interrupt flow of similarly colored tendrils northward across the ocean. Multiple factors

Strong steaming and possible eruption at Tinakula volcano at Solomon Islands

Strong steaming and possible eruption at Tinakula volcano at Solomon Islands

Tinakula is a conical stratovolcano which forms an island north of Nendo in Temotu Province, the Solomon Islands in South Pacific. It lies at the north end of the Santa Cruz Islands.  It is about 3.5 km wide and rises 851 m above sea level, but rises

Unusual number of vortices formed around the globe

Unusual number of vortices formed around the globe

During our daily MODIS satellite imagery check up we noticed unusual number of newly formed vortices around the globe. Maybe the most significant is one called Tropical cyclone Giovanna which is located in Mozambique Channel and now is battering Madagascar’s southeast

Dust blew off Western Africa

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