Dust Storm over Egypt and Libya • Earth.com

Last update: November 19th, 2019 at 5:00 am

A large dust storm swept across Libya and Egypt on May 26, 2010. Lighter in color than the desert beneath it, the dust curls in a comma shape. The shape is probably a reflection of the storm system that generated the winds. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on the afternoon of May 26. The large image, which includes a broader area, shows that the front edge of the dust had reached the Mediterranean Sea. By the following day, a large dust plume extended over the water.

Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

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