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Dust Plume Over Jordan and Saudi Arabia

30.5N 38.2E

June 9th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms MODISAqua

Middle East – June 9th, 2013

A plume of dust blows in a diagonal line across northern Saudi Arabia and Jordan in the upper half of this image. Visible southeast of the plume is an area of circular, irrigated fields near the town of Tabarjal, in northern Saudi Arabia. In the full image, dust can be seen spreading over the southern part of the Red Sea as well.

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 Reaching Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia

16.7N 41.9E

April 22nd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea – April 22nd, 2013

Dust can be seen reaching from the coast of Saudi Arabia across the Red Sea to the Farasan Islands, a large coral island group belonging to Saudi Arabia. It is located some 40 km offshore from Jizan, in the far southwestern part of the country. It is a protected area and was home to the extinct Arabian gazelle and, in winter, migratory birds from Europe.

Arching Dust Plume Over Iraq and Saudi Arabia

30.8N 42.3E

March 25th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Middle East – March 24th, 2013

A plume of dust originating in Iraq, near the Saudi Arabia border, blows southward over Saudi Arabia. It then turns eastward over the Persian Gulf and hooks northeastward over Kuwait before blowing back over southern Iraq, near the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab.

Dust Over Saudi Arabia and Red Sea

20.3N 40.7E

January 20th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea – January 12th, 2013

Dust can be seen in the air over Saudi Arabia and blowing westward over the Red Sea. Unsettled weather is typical in Saudi Arabia in winter, with strong winds a frequent occurrence. The Rub’ al Khali desert, the world’s largest sand sea, covers large parts of the Arabian Peninsula. Holding half as much sand as the Sahara, this rich sand sea provides plentiful material for regional dust storms.

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