Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands

Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands

03 March 2004 00:00 UTC

Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands
Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands

Early March 2004, a cold air outbreak from Europe to Western Africa caused a major dust storm over large parts of West Africa.

Last Updated

17 March 2021

Published on

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.

Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands
Figure 1:  Met-8 Dust RGB, 3 March 2004, 12:00 UTC

See also the Met-8 Dust RGB animation from 2–3 March and the Met-6 IR Loop for comparison.

Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands
Figure 2: Met-8 RGB Composite VIS0.8, IR3.9r, IR10.8–IR8.7, 3 March 2004, 12:00 UTC
Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands
Figure 3: Met-8 Channel 12 (HRV), 3 March 2004, 17:00 UTC

See also the hourly HRV animation (12:00–18:00 UTC).

Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands
Figure 4: Met-8 RGB Composite NIR1.6, VIS0.8, VIS0.6, 3 March 2004, 17:00 UTC

See also the Animation (12:45–19:00 UTC)


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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)