Saharan Dust

In early February 2015, Greece and Turkey was pummeled by strong southwesterly winds. They also bring ashore a cloud of dust that originated in Africa’s Sahara Desert.

The winds grounded flights, collapsed buildings, and stirred up large waves.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired the above image of the dust storm on February 1, 2015. The natural-color image shows the dust as it moved from North Africa, swept northeast over the Mediterranean Sea, and entered the atmosphere over Turkey and Greece. According to NPR news, the dusty winds turned the sky orange in Istanbul (north of the image).

Saharan Dust over the Mediterranean Sea


NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Kathryn Hansen

source earthobservatory