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Dust Blowing Offshore by Djibouti-Somalia Border

11.5N 42.5E

July 2nd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea and Gulf of Aden – June 28th, 2012

The skies over the Red Sea (upper left) and the Gulf of Aden (right), as well as the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the two, are veiled by dust. However, a thicker plume is also visible blowing offshore by the border between Djibouti (left) and Somalia (right). The plume appears composed of three main parallel streaks of dust, caused by air currents. While the plume blows to the northeast, over the Gulf of Aden, it does not reach across the gulf to Yemen, on the Arabian Peninsula (upper right).

Dust Over Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

11.8N 42.7E

July 1st, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust over Red Sea – June 26th, 2012

Dust hangs over the Red Sea (above) and the Gulf of Aden (right). While the cloud of dust is thicker over the former, interesting criss-cross patterns in the dust, caused by changes in wind direction, can be seen over the latter. The two bodies of water are connected by the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, a strait located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, Djibouti and Eritrea, north of Somalia, in the Horn of Africa. The dust spreads over those neighboring countries as well.

Dust Plumes Off Socotra Island

13.6N 53.6E

June 12th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Yemen and Somalia - June 9th, 2012

Dust hangs in the air over the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia (below) and the Arabian Peninsula (above). Most of the dust likely originated in the Rub’ al Khali, an immense sandy desert whose yellow and orange dunes are visible in the upper part of the image. While the dust appears thickest over the gulf to the west, a wide plume of dust can also be seen off a peninsula on the Somali coast (bottom center) and two thinner, parallel plumes can be observed blowing northeastward of the island of Socotra, belonging to Yemen.

Dust Suspended in Air by Arabian Peninsula

19.7N 57.8E

June 11th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust by Arabian Peninsula - June 7th, 2012

Dust blows off the coast of Iran (above) and the coast of Yemen (lower left). The former is likely from a dust storm that has been raging in Pakistan over the last few days (click here for previous images), while the latter is probably from the Rub’ al Khali desert on the Arabian Peninsula, from which dust has also been blowing over the last few days (click here for previous images).

Dust Blowing Around Island of Socotra

12.5N 54.0E

June 9th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Yemen, Oman and Somalia - June 9th, 2012

Dust blows off the Horn of Africa (lower left) and the Arabian Peninsula (above). The Horn of Africa is a peninsula in East Africa that juts hundreds of kilometers into the Arabian Sea and lies along the southern side of the Gulf of Aden. The dust appears to originate on the Arabian Peninsula, probably in the Rub’ al Khali Desert, and blow southward. This is evident from the way the veil of dust is less thick southwest of the island of Socotra – the island partially blocks the path of the airborne dust particles as they blow in that direction.