August 10, 2020 - Middle Eastern Dust Storm

Middle Eastern Dust Storm

A large dust storm kicked up near the border of Iran and Afghanistan on August 4, 2020, carrying a plume of camel-colored dust hundreds of miles, crossing Pakistan as it moved towards the Gulf of Oman. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired a true-color image of the scene on that same day.

Dust storms are common in the Middle East, and are often spurred by the shamal, a pattern of persistent winds that blow toward the southeast (northwesterly winds). Shamal winds are most frequent in June and July but can happen any time of year.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 8/4/2020
Resolutions: 1km (487.2 KB), 500m (1.6 MB), 250m (3.2 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC