February 21, 2011 - Dust storms off Baja California

Dust storms off Baja California

Dust plumes blew over the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean in early February 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on February 3.

Just off the coast of Mexico in the Gulf of California lies the island of Tiburon, the largest island in Mexico. A dust plume blows over the water just south of Tiburon and northwest of the coastal town of Guaymas. and the green tint to the water below the plume might result at least partly from dust landing in the water. Off the coast of Baja, a large plume and multiple smaller plumes blow out over the Pacific.

The earth-toned landscapes visible in this image hint at the aridity that could give rise to dust. Sand seas, which provide ample material for dust storms, occur along parts of Baja, California.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 2/3/2011
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC