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Mediterranean Duststorm

Mediterranean Duststorm

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, February 9, 2018/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, sustainability, environment, adventure

                            North African Duststorm, 2-7-2018 (credit: MODIS imager, NASA Terra mission)

Sometimes, a single photograph can tell a bigger story. A massive dust storm is now blowing north from Africa and providing the potential for rain.

According to NASA: the dust is being carried by winds of a scirocco. The warm, dry, air mass originates over the Sahara, picks up moisture over the Mediterranean, and moves north toward coastal areas of Europe. The dust was imaged by the Terra Earth monitoring satellite and shows the dust storm moving towards Italy. The scirocco winds are bringing above average temperatures to Italy, while the sand-grains offer "seeds" for the potential of producing rain.

The single dust storm image also shows the inter-connections between continents from environmental and weather events.



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