Dust Storm in Colorado

Dust Storm in Colorado

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of dust blowing south across southern Colorado on March 11, 2014. A passing cold front produced strong winds that reached at least 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour, kicking up a wall of dust—a phenomenon meteorologists sometimes call a haboob.

  1. References

  2. KRWG (2014, March 12) Cold Front Triggers Texas And New Mexico Dust Storm. Accessed March 12, 2014.
  3. National Weather Service (2014, March 12) Howlin‘ Winds on Tuesday. Accessed March 12, 2014.
  4. NOAA Haboobs: The weather phenomena with an unusual name is no joke. Accessed March 12, 2014.
  5. The Weather Channel (2014, March 11) Haboob Sweeps Through New Mexico and Texas. Accessed March 12, 2014.

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  • Data Date:

    March 11, 2014
  • Visualization Date:

    March 12, 2014
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration