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Dust Arching Over Persian Gulf, from Iraq to Saudi Arabia

29.2N 49.2E

June 3rd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Persian Gulf – June 1st, 2013

Plumes of dust arch southeastward and then southwestward from the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, in Iraq, between the borders of Iran (upper right) and Kuwait (upper left), across the northern part of the Persian Gulf, to Saudi Arabia. Since uninhabited sandy deserts comprise most of Saudi Arabia’s and the Middle East’s land surface, it is easy for strong winds to pick up dust and create storms over the region.

Dust Over Mediterranean Sea and Turkey

33.2N 33.2E

April 5th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Egypt – April 3rd, 2013

Days after an intense dust storm that blasted sand and other particles over northern Egypt, the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East (click here for previous images), a veil of dust continues to hang over the region. Here, dust can be seen over the Mediterranean and, in the full image, reaching northeastward up to Turkey.

Lakes and Borders of Iraq – February 5th, 2013

32.7N 43.6E

February 5th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Image of the day

Iraq – January 27th, 2013

Although a large portion of the Middle East is cloud covered, the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature allows the borders between Iraq (center), Iran (right) and Kuwait (bottom left) to be clearly visible. This features also allows three lakes’ locations in Iraq to be observed despite the clouds: Lake Tharthar, Lake Habbaniyah and Lake Milh (top to bottom).

Dust Storm Over Middle East and Persian Gulf

29.7N 47.8E

January 9th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Persian Gulf – January 8th, 2013

A dust storm blows across the Middle East and over the northern part of the Persian Gulf. Here, despite the thick sand obscuring the ground below, the borders of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can be seen in grey due to the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature. Kuwait is being particularly affected by the storm, and its Meteorology Department has warned residents to expect high winds and low visibility.

Phytoplankton in Black Sea and Dust Over Iraq – July 16th, 2012

36.3N 39.9E

July 16th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Tigris/Euphrates Valley – July 13th, 2012

Two interesting phenomena can be observed in this image, which stretches from Georgia (upper right), across Turkey (center left) and Iran (center right) and the Middle East (lower half of image). Visible in the upper left quadrant is a phytoplankton bloom in the Black Sea. The bloom has been present for several weeks (click here for previous images), and now appears to be waning slightly. Visible in the lower right quadrant is a plume of dust originating in the Tigris-Euphrates Valley and blowing over Iraq.