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Dust Blowing Off Coasts of Djibouti and Yemen

12.3N 43.1E

August 26th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea – August 23rd, 2012

Dust blows over the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, which are connected by the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. The dust appears to be funnelled through the strait, with two thicker plumes blowing diagonally to the southeast off the coast of Djibouti (below) and Yemen (above).

Dust Plumes Off Coast of Somalia and Socotra, Yemen

12.4N 53.8E

July 25th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea – July 23rd, 2012

While a thick bloom of dust originating near the Djibouti-Somalia border can be seen blowing over the Gulf of Aden near the left edge, two other, thinner plumes can be seen trailing off the island of Socotra, beloning to Yemen, in the Indian Ocean 240 kilometres (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres (240 mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula.

Dust Over Gulf of Aden, Between Yemen and Somalia

11.5N 44.7E

June 8th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Over Gulf of Aden - June 7th, 2012

Dust from the Arabian Peninsula, probably originating in the Rub’ al Khali desert, blows over Yemen (above), across the Gulf of Aden and over Somalia (below).┬áThe Gulf of Aden is a gulf located in the Arabian Sea between Yemen, on the south coast of the Arabian Peninsula, and Somalia in the Horn of Africa. In the northwest, it connects with the Red Sea through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, which is about 20 miles wide (both the strait and part of the Red Sea are visible through the dust by the left edge).


Dust Blowing Over Red Sea and Yemen-Saudi Arabia Border

18.7N 46.1E

May 26th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea - May 23rd, 2012

Dust can be seen blowing over the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen on the right side of this image. The dust is likely from the Rub’ al Khali, the largest sand desert in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula. Dust can also be seen blowing across the Red Sea, near the Egypt-Sudan border, on the left side of the image.


Dust Blowing Off Coasts of Oman and Yemen

16.4N 52.2E

March 21st, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Over Yemen and Oman - March 19th, 2012

Several plumes of dust billow southwards, off the coasts of Yemen and Oman, over the Gulf of Aden and towards Somalia. They are part of the dust storm that has been raging over the Arabian Peninsula, spreading dust far east to Pakistan and west towards the African continent, over the last few days (click here for previous images).

The plumes originating in Yemen (left) are more intense than those originating in Oman (further east along the coast). Although it is spreading to the south, the dust does not quite reach Socotra Island, visible near the right edge.

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