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Mother of All Sandstorms Scares the Daylight Away

Posted by feww on March 31, 2011

Tsunami of Sand Washes Over Arabia

Ginormous Sandstorm Sweeps Arabian Peninsula

A giant, fast-moving sandstorm, which started in Iraq and Kuwait on March 25, dropped visibility to near zero, shrouded Kuwait in instant darkness, shut down the city’s airport, disrupted traffic and terrified the people across the Arabian Peninsula.


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Arabian Sand Storm


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These two images of the storm  were taken by
MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite.  Top image was taken on March 26, and the bottom image 22-hours later on March 27.  Source: NASA-EO

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Washington: Thousands of Tons of Topsoil Lost in Dust Storm

Posted by feww on October 6, 2009

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Plume of Dust Plague Blinds Eastern Washington

Dust Plagues: An Increasingly Significant Threat as a Collapse Mechanism

Dust Storm in Eastern Washington [NASA Earth Observatory]

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Visibility dropped to zero in parts of eastern Washington on October 4, 2009, as a large dust storm blew through. This image of the storm was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite shortly after noon (Pacific Daylight Time). According to local news, the storm brought strong winds gusting to 43 miles per hour in places that propelled the dust across the southeast corner of the state. After numerous multi-vehicle accidents, sections of Interstate 90 near the town of Moses Lake and several local roads had to be closed for several hours.

The dust storm persisted for several hours and was still visible when Aqua MODIS flew over the region at 2:00 p.m. local time. The Terra MODIS image shown here is available in multiple resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Response System.

A thick, rippling plume of dust runs northeast to southwest through the center of the image. Dust stretches as far south as the cities of Pasco and Kennewick, which sit on opposite banks of the Columbia River. In the north, the dust seems to rise primarily from the pale golden squares of fields farmed using dryland agriculture, a common practice in arid eastern Washington. The dryland fields are larger and less colorful than the bright green and gold fields of irrigated agriculture near the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the center of the image.

Dryland farmers rely entirely on rainfall to sustain their crops, and as a result, do many things to preserve moisture in the soil. Some of these practices—leaving a field fallow after harvest to allow water to build in the soil for a year or covering the field with dry soil to prevent underlying moisture from evaporating—make dryland agriculture very prone to dust storms. These fields are likely either fallow or newly planted, probably with winter wheat, a common dryland crop in eastern Washington.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey and Holli Riebeek. [Edited by FEWW]

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    Image of the Day: Sandstorm in Saudi Desert

    Posted by feww on March 11, 2009

    She buries me; she buries me not.

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    A massive sandstorm engulfs Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia. Photo Jad Saab/AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

    APTOPIX Mideast Saudi Arabia Weather
    A huge sandstorm engulfs the Saudi capital of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, March 10, 2009. The storm, which was still raging hours after it started, disrupted flights at the city’s King Khalid International airport, with weather authorities announcing that visibility would drop to zero, and warning residents to take precautionary measures. (AP Photo/Jad Saab) – AP (signonsandiego).

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    Dust plumes swept across the Arabian Peninsula in early March 2009, stretching from the Red Sea to the Persian Gulf and beyond. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image on March 11, 2009.   Image source: GSFC

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