Saharan dust cloud over Cuba • Earth.com

Last update: October 25th, 2020 at 9:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features a massive Saharan dust cloud over Cuba. 

Every summer, large amounts of dust are picked up by winds in the Saharan desert in northern Africa and transported across the Atlantic Ocean.

The dust can float through the air for days, or even weeks, depending on atmospheric conditions.

This year’s dust plume carried the most dust in recorded history, earning it the nickname “Godzilla.” 

According to NOAA, the 2020 Saharan dust cloud contained 60 to 70 percent more dust than the annual average.

The image was captured on June 23, 2020 by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: ESA

 

 

 

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