East Asia dust storm

East Asia dust storm

11 November 2010 00:00 UTC

East Asia dust storm
East Asia dust storm

This Terra MODIS Dust RGB product shows a wall of postfrontal dust blowing across eastern China.

Last Updated

13 June 2022

Published on

10 November 2010

by Jochen Kerkmann and HansPeter Roesli (EUMETSAT)

Weather stations in several cities on the North China Plain reported blowing dust and poor visibility during storm passage. The fast-moving dust was blowing east from the Gobi Desert, where the massive storm originated the day before.

After this image was taken, the dust moved towards the Korean Peninsula, where world leaders were gathering for the Group of 20 (G20) summit. A weather station in Seoul reported that the dust had reached Korea by 9:00pm on 11 November. Such large dust storms are common in China, but the storms usually happen in the spring, when fronts from Siberia sweep southeast across the Gobi Desert. Late autumn and winter dust storms are rare.

 

East Asia dust storm
Figure 1: Terra MODIS RGB Composite Band 32 - Band 31, Band 31 - Band 29, Band 31 with geopotential height 850hPa (ECMWF 3 hour model forecast), 11 November 2010, 03:15 UTC (local mid-morning)