Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands

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

Date & Time
03 March 2004 00:00 UTC
Satellites
Meteosat-8, Meteosat-6, Terra/Aqua

More information and detailed analysis of the feature can be found in the In Depth section.

 

In Depth

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
Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands
Met-8, 03 March 2004, 12:00 UTC
RGB Composite
IR12.0–IR10.8, IR10.8–IR8.7, IR10.8
Full Resolution (293 KB)
Animation (2–3 Mar. 2004, AVI, 21 MB)
Met-6 IR Loop for comparison (AVI, 3 MB)
Met-8, 03 March 2004, 12:00 UTC
RGB Composite
VIS0.8, IR3.9r, IR10.8–IR8.7
Full Resolution (205 KB)
 
Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands
Dust storm over West Africa and the Canary Islands
Met-8, 03 March 2004, 17:00 UTC
Channel 12 (HRV)
Full Resolution (109 KB)
Animation (12:00–18:00 UTC, hourly, AVI, 10 MB)
Met-8, 03 March 2004, 17:00 UTC
RGB Composite NIR1.6, VIS0.8, VIS0.6
Full Resolution (48 KB)
Animation (12:45–19:00 UTC, AVI, 9 MB)
 

See also:

300 hPa ECMWF model potential vorticity field (on Met-8 airmass RGB image, 3 Mar 2004, 12:00 UTC, JPG, 1 MB)
Met-6 IR image (3 Mar 2004, 12:00 UTC, GIF, 331 KB)
1000 hPa ECMWF model wind and divergence fields (on Met-8 RGB image, 3 Mar 2004, 12:00 UTC, JPG, 1 MB)
MODIS image with 2000 m resolution (3 Mar 2004, 14:15 UTC, JPG, 96 KB, source: NASA)
MODIS image with 250 m resolution (3 Mar 2004, 14:15 UTC, JPG, 1 MB, source: NASA)
Picture of the dust as seen from Tenerife (3 Mar 2004, JPG, 16 KB, source: Eugenio Rodriguez)
Met-8 Animation produced with METLook (3 Mar 2004, animated GIF, 5 MB, source: Univ. of Lille)

 
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