Dust Streams from Southwestern Africa

Dust Streams from Southwestern Africa

Skies turned temporarily red in Alexander Bay, South Africa, as a thick plume of dust blew through the town on October 21, 2018.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image that morning as northeasterly winds swept through the region. Lengthy dust plumes were also stirred up in this area on October 20.

A low-pressure system situated off the south coast of Namibia fueled the winds, according to AfricaWeather meteorologist Alan Morrison.

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  • Data Date:

    October 21, 2018
  • Visualization Date:

    October 22, 2018
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration