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Posts Tagged ‘Dust storms’

Your World Under Siege

Posted by feww on December 14, 2010

Sandstorms and Extreme Weather Kill 31 in Egypt

Death toll from sandstorms and extreme weather events in Egypt rises to 31, dozens injured

Dust storms, snowstorms, thunderstorms, heavy rain, strong winds and high waves struck the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East on December 11 and 12, 2010, killing at least 31 people in Egypt and several others elsewhere in the region.

Dust and Violent Weather in the Eastern Mediterranean

A natural-color image of the eastern Mediterranean taken by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite on December 12, 2010.  “Clouds almost cover the Mediterranean Sea, as well as parts of Israel and Lebanon. Along the margin of the cloudbank, dust blows toward the northeast. Source points of dust plumes appear in Egypt and Jordan, and a thick plume of dust blows over Syria. In Egypt, dust nearly hides the Nile River, and completely covers the Nile Delta.” Source: NASA/E-O.  Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (7 MB, JPEG).

A major sandstorm blanketed Cairo on December 11, 2010. Photo: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh. Image may be subject to copyright.

Another powerful sandstorm hit Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia on December 13, 2010. It’s now just a matter of time…  A freeze frame from CNN viewer video.

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Dry Mouth, Burning Eyes?

Posted by feww on September 20, 2010


Drought and Air Quality Map (August 2010)

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Drought and Air Quality Map (August 2009)

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The two maps show aerosols as measured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite. Top image was acquired August 1 – 31, 2010, above image exactly a year earlier on August 1 – 31, 2009,. Source: NASA E/O. For full caption click here.

How Aerosols Penetrate Atmosphere

  • Car exhausts and industrial emissions heated by high temperatures
  • Fires
  • Dust storms
  • Volcanic eruptions
  • Drought, strong winds and heatwaves accelerate formation of chemical aerosols.

Aerosol concentrations

  • Are influenced by the weather
  • Affect weather patterns
  • Help/hinder cloud formation
  • Filter light, making regional temperatures cooler
  • Absorb energy, heating the atmosphere.

Worst Affected Areas in August 2010

  • Russia (drought and heatwaves causing fires)
  • South America (Drought over the Amazon basin causing fires; volcanic eruptions)
  • Canada (wildfires caused by drought in Canada’s boreal forest)
  • Central Africa (fires started by farmers to clear land for farming)
  • North Africa, Arabian peninsula, and southwest Asia come (caused by dust storms)
  • China, Europe, and the U.S. (industrial emissions, mainly from burning coal; vehicle exhaust)

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