Dust Storm over the Red Sea

Dust Storm over the Red Sea
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

An immense dust storm was blowing over the Red Sea from East Africa on June 21, 2003. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Aqua satellite shows a thick cloud of desert dust shrouding (top left to bottom) Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. The thick plume stretches across the Red Sea (center) and breaks like a wave across the shores of Saudi Arabia and Yemen (top and bottom right).

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  • Data Date:

    June 21, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    June 23, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration