Dust storm close to Arusha, Tanzania

Dust storm close to Arusha, Tanzania

03 February 2006 00:00 UTC

Dust storm close to Arusha, Tanzania
Dust storm close to Arusha, Tanzania

Dust storm close to Arusha, Tanzania.

Last Updated

21 October 2020

Published on

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

Met-8, 03 February 2006, 12:00 UTC
RGB Composite
IR12.0–IR10.8, IR10.8–IR8.7, IR10.8
Full Resolution
Animation (hourly, 06:00–15:00 UTC, AVI)