Dust storm close to Arusha, Tanzania.
21 October 2020
02 February 2006
by Jochen Kerkmann (EUMETSAT)
The Meteosat-8 image below shows an unusual dust storm in the area of Arusha (Tanzania). While dust storms are very common over Northern Africa, they occasionally can occur during the dry season in Eastern Africa, in particular, in drought conditions.
Strong local winds, possibly influenced by orography, can pick up enough dry soil (in particular, clay) so that a regional-scale dust storm becomes visible on a Meteosat-8 satellite image. Typically, such dust storms are observed during day-time when local heating creates strong local wind systems, as in the case shown below.
Meteosat-8 RGB Composite
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