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Dust Storm in Libya Spreads Sands into the Mediterranean

December 3rd, 2008 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Storm in Libya - December 3rd, 2008

Dust Storm in Libya - December 3rd, 2008

Detail of sands blowing off the coast of Libya

Detail of sands blowing off the coast of Libya

A large disturbance over the Mediterranean has caused several different atmospheric phenomena.

It has caused a dust storm in Libya, near the coastal city of Benghazi (or Benghasi).

Both white and red dust can be seen blowing off the coast and into the Mediterranean Sea, towards Sicily and Greece.

The area further from the coast from which the white sand comes is arid desert. The red dust, on the other hand, comes from just south of the more fertile coastal plains and mountains.

The storm has also brought cold and rain to Italy, obscured by clouds.

Animated imagery of storm movements

Animated imagery of storm movements

The animated imagery shows the storm’s movement. The disturbance that caused the dust storm is seen moving northward in the direction of Eastern Europe, while another is heading southeast towards Ireland, the United Kingdom and France.

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