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Sudanese Dust Storm Blows Southwest into Democratic Republic of the Congo

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May 14th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Sudan and the Dem. Rep. of the Congo - May 13th, 2009

Sudan and the Dem. Rep. of the Congo - May 13th, 2009

Dust around Congo River

Dust around Congo River

Over the last week, a dust storm originating in Sudan has been sending sand and dust particles throughout Africa.

First, winds carried the dust northeast through Ethiopia and Eritrea, towards the Red Sea. Then, westerly air currentsĀ  began blowing a cloud of dust into Chad and the Central African Republic (click here for previous articles).

More recently, these winds have taken on a southwesterly direction, now carrying the dust through the Central African Republic and into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Upon opening the full image, the dust can be seen reaching from the Nile River in Sudan (top) to the northern and central regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The close-up shows dust swirling in the air above the Congo River.

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