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

Date & Time
11 November 2010 00:00 UTC

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


In Depth

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 9:00 p.m. 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.

Terra MODIS Dust RGB Composite

Terra MODIS, 11 November 2010, 03:15 UTC (local mid-morning)
RGB Composite Band 32 - Band 31, Band 31 - Band 29, Band 31
with geopotential height 850 hPa (ECMWF 3 hour model forecast)
Full Resolution (PNG, 2 MB)
Image without 850 hPa map (PNG, 2 MB)

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