Saharan Dust Storm

Saharan Dust Storm

The dust that blew through the Sahara Desert the day before continued its journey on June 24, 2012. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on June 24.

The dust blew off the coast of Morocco and over the Atlantic Ocean. Off the coast, the dust formed an arc that bent eastward, in the direction of the Mediterranean Sea. Immediately off the coast of Morocco, just north of the border with Western Sahara, the dust was thick enough to completely hide the water surface below. Dust also blew over the easternmost Canary Islands.

Over Morocco and the Atlantic Ocean, clouds hovered over the dust, partially blocking the satellite sensor’s view of the plumes. The clouds may have been associated with the same weather system that stirred the dust.

Images & Animations


File Dimensions

  • 720x720
  • JPEG
  • 5600x7200
  • JPEG 6 MB

Note: Often times, due to the size, browsers have a difficult time opening and displaying images. If you experiece an error when clicking on an image link, please try directly downloading the image (using a right click, save as method) to view it locally.


  • Data Date:

    June 24, 2012
  • Visualization Date:

    June 25, 2012
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration