Early March 2004, a cold air outbreak from Europe to Western Africa caused a major dust storm over large parts of West Africa.
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02 March 2004
On its travel southward, the cold air fanned out across the Sahara, highly diverging over subtropic regions giving the dust front the form of a Spanish fan. In the following days, the dust was blown out across the Atlantic Ocean and reached the coast of South America.
See also the hourly HRV animation (12:00–18:00 UTC).
See also the Animation (12:45–19:00 UTC)
300 hPa ECMWF model potential vorticity field (on Met-8 airmass RGB image, 3 Mar 2004, 12:00 UTC)
Met-6 IR image (3 Mar 2004, 12:00 UTC)
1000 hPa ECMWF model wind and divergence fields (on Met-8 RGB image, 3 Mar 2004, 12:00 UTC)
MODIS image with 2000 m resolution (3 Mar 2004, 14:15 UTC, Credit: NASA)
MODIS image with 250 m resolution (3 Mar 2004, 14:15 UTC, Credit: NASA)
Met-8 Animation produced with METLook (3 Mar 2004, Credit: Univ. of Lille)
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