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Dust Storm Covering Entire Arabian Peninsula

February 12th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust storm over Arabian Peninsula - February 12th, 2009

Dust storm over Arabian Peninsula - February 12th, 2009

Close-up of dust over Persian Gulf

Close-up of dust over Persian Gulf

Close-up of sand over Yemen and Saudi Arabia

Close-up of sand over Yemen and Saudi Arabia

A massive dust storm is covering the entire Arabian Peninsula.

The full image (open by clicking on thumbnail to the right) shows parts of  Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Kuwait, all of which are veiled by sand.

Sands are blowing across the Persian Gulf and beginning to reach southern Iran, as exemplified in the first close-up.

The second close-up focuses on southern Saudia Arabia, Yemen, and their nearby African neighbors: Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia.

Current wind direction is keeping the  Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and those nearby African coastal countries free of sand for the time being.

Wind direction © BBC

Wind direction

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