Smoke over parts of South America
In August 2016 partially dense smoke veils covered extended areas of South America. The smoke was due to natural and man-made wildfires.
Mount Etna eruption - May 2016
Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, erupted again in mid-May 2016.
Saharan dust causes temperature drop
Some areas of Europe saw a significant drop in temperatures on 1 April 2016 due to a large cloud of Saharan dust.
Cyclone Ivan brings massive dust storm
Cyclone Ivan brought an impressive low that carried huge amounts of dust to parts of Europe at the end of March.
Unusual, heavy snowfalls in the Canary Islands
The snow started to fall on 18 February and continued to fall on 19 and 20 February. Snow covered all highlands from 900 metres above sea level, with traces of snow as low as 600 metres.