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Dust Arching Over Persian Gulf, from Iraq to Saudi Arabia

29.2N 49.2E

June 3rd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Persian Gulf – June 1st, 2013

Plumes of dust arch southeastward and then southwestward from the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, in Iraq, between the borders of Iran (upper right) and Kuwait (upper left), across the northern part of the Persian Gulf, to Saudi Arabia. Since uninhabited sandy deserts comprise most of Saudi Arabia’s and the Middle East’s land surface, it is easy for strong winds to pick up dust and create storms over the region.

Dust Over Northern End of Persian Gulf

29.2N 49.1E

May 31st, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Persian Gulf – May 30th, 2013

A plume of dust spreads diagonally across the northern part of the Persian Gulf, just south of the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab. The Shatt al-Arab is a river in Southwest Asia of some 200 km (120 mi) in length, formed by the confluence of the Euphrates and the Tigris. The southern end of the river constitutes the border between Iraq and Iran down to the mouth of the river as it discharges into the Persian Gulf.

Dust Over Red Sea and Persian Gulf

28.7N 42.1E

March 27th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Fires

Saudi Arabia – March 26th, 2013

Dust blows from Saudi Arabia westward across the Red Sea. In the full image, dust can also be seen blowing across the Persian Gulf, to the east, and a fire is visible in Iraq, near the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, on the northern end of the gulf.

Dust from Rub al’Khali Desert Over the Persian Gulf – March 15th, 2013

23.8N 52.0E

March 15th, 2013 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Image of the day

Persian Gulf – March 6, 2013

Dust blows northward off the coast of the Arabian Peninsula and over the Persian Gulf. The plume appears to originate in the Rub al’Khali, a sandy desert in the southern part of the peninsula, and blow northwards across southeastern Saudi Arabia, then eastwards, east of Qatar and along the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Dust Storm Over Middle East and Persian Gulf

29.7N 47.8E

January 9th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Persian Gulf – January 8th, 2013

A dust storm blows across the Middle East and over the northern part of the Persian Gulf. Here, despite the thick sand obscuring the ground below, the borders of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can be seen in grey due to the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature. Kuwait is being particularly affected by the storm, and its Meteorology Department has warned residents to expect high winds and low visibility.

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