Dust flying off the west coast of Africa • Earth.com

Last update: January 22nd, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows massive plumes of sand blowing off the west coast of South Africa during an intense dust storm.

On September 25, 2019, the skies turned fiery red over coastal towns as fierce winds fueled the swirling sand. 

The dust particles produced poor visibility in some areas like Alexander Bay, where the streets became nearly invisible.

This image was captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite. 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 



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