Satellite view of the 2020 Saharan dust cloud
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard features a satellite view of the largest known migration of Saharan dust, which ultimately spread over 5,000 miles.
While these Saharan dust events occur every summer, this year’s plume was nicknamed “Godzilla” for the unusually large quantity of dust that it carried.
Within eight days of its departure from the west coast of Africa, the dust reached the United States. impacting air quality from Florida all the way to Kansas.
According to NASA Earth Observatory, Saharan dust plays an important ecological role by fertilizing soils in the Amazon and building beaches in the Caribbean.
Video Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Scientific Visualization Studio