Saharan dust storm over the eastern Mediterranean • Earth.com

Last update: November 19th, 2019 at 11:00 am

A strong cyclonic system over the deserts of Tunisia and Libya created a massive sandstorm on March 22, 2016. The next day the Saharan sand was pulled over the eastern Mediterranean, Italy, and Southern Europe.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image on March 23 as the storm shifted northward. A broad river of sand stretches from the arid sands of Libya across Bosnia and Herzegovina – a distance of more than 1,300 km (840 mi). Orange skies and heavy dust were reported in multiple countries, including parts of Italy.

NASA

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