Last update: September 18th, 2019 at 6:00 pm
A spring storm blowing over southern Mongolia and China lofted massive amounts of dust into the atmosphere on May 5, 2016. By May 6 the dust had been carried to eastern China and the Korean Peninsula, shrouding the skies so thickly that the ground was completely obscured from view in many locations. Dust from the Gobi Desert can become entrained on high-level winds and travel hundreds of kilometers before dissipating – sometimes reaching as far as the United States.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image of the swirling mass of sand and dust on May 6, 2016.