March 13, 2017 - Dust storm in the Middle East

Dust storm in the Middle East

Wind-driven dust poured across the Middle East in early March 2017. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image on March 10.

A thick river of tan dust and sand blows across Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, obscuring the Earth beneath from view. A line of clouds to the east and also to the north suggests that a storm or frontal system brought driving winds to the area. Sand and dust storms are a common natural hazard in the area, and unsettled spring weather makes March a prime time for blowing dust and sand.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 3/10/2017
Resolutions: 1km (169.7 KB), 500m (579.4 KB), 250m (1.5 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC