Sand storm. Source: pxhere

Dust outbreak over Mediterranean and SE Europe

28 May 2013 06:00 UTC

Sand storm. Source: pxhere
Sand storm. Source: pxhere

Dust from North Africa, embedded in a frontal system, sweeps over the Eastern Mediterranean, from west to east.

Last Updated

05 September 2022

Published on

28 May 2013

by HansPeter Roesli (Switzerland)

The dust uptake was not directly linked to the frontal cloud system of the disturbance. The uptake started with a breakdown of the boundary layer on 28 May.

In the Dust RGB product (Figure 1) the dust signal over the African coast was relatively weak (coloured blue) over the sea indicating a very low dust cloud which is cooler than the underlying Mediterranean Sea. This became stronger (coloured pink), from the evening of the 28 May onwards when travelling with the clouds from the disturbance. The dust veil is also expanding southwards over Libya during the night 28/29.

Figure 1: Meteosat-10 Dust RGB, 27 May 09:00 UTC-29 May 08:00 UTC

Note the timid brightening in the animation from the Natural Colour RGB product around midnight. This is not related to the dust but is due to the waning full Moon crossing the scene from west to east.

Figure 2: Meteosat-10 Natural Colour RGB, 27 May 09:00 UTC-29 May 09:00 UTC