Dust and haze

Saharan dust on the move across Atlantic Ocean

Disturbances such as large thunderstorm complexes or simply strong trade winds over North Africa periodically result in vast dust and sand storms, some of which extend as high as 6 000 meters. These can be driven out to sea within the Saharan Air Layer

July 05, 2014

Massive thunderstorm backed by dry dusty winds hit Indian capital

At least nine people were killed in and around New Delhi, India, when a massive thunderstorm brought down trees and cut off power on May 30, 2014. Most of the deaths were caused by the falling trees or collapsing walls.A massive thunderstorm backed by dry 

May 30, 2014

Massive sandstorm hit northern China

Massive sandstorm in northwest China is transporting large sand deposits from Taklimakan Desert in western China and the Gobi desert in the east, through Gansu Province and the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. A very large front is moving eastward

April 25, 2014

Dangerous air pollution hit Iceland's capital

Reykjavík and other parts of Iceland recorded 40 times the upper safe limit of pollution levels on February 19/20, 2014. The pollution levels haven't been so high since the last volcanic eruptions in 2010-2011. However, this time it is not ash that

February 21, 2014

Air pollution in northeastern China reached hazardous levels

A cold front has sent temperatures plummeting in most northeastern Chinese provinces, causing fog and haze to linger across the region. Agricultural fires in the region in the fall,  following the harvest, also influenced levels of smog. Since

October 24, 2013

Outdoor air pollution a leading cause of cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), WHO's agency specialized for cancer, announced on October 16, 2013 that it has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). The world’s leading experts

October 18, 2013

Air pollution levels in Europe raise concern - 88% of city dwellers exposed to levels that breach UN standars

In its annual report on European air quality (Air quality in Europe - 2013 report) released on October 16, 2013, The European Environment Agency (EAA) raised concern over Particulate matter (PM), which is microscopic specks of dust and soot caused by

October 16, 2013

Saharan dust cloud travels across Atlantic

NOAA's satellites have detected a plume of dust moving off the coast of Africa. The Saharan Air Layer has a relatively constrained area of high concentration. This animation bellow, released by NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory, uses a recently enhanced

July 31, 2013

Canada and US wildfire smoke crosses the Atlantic Ocean

Smoke lofted above the part of the atmosphere closest to the ground (the boundary layer), where topography has a significant impact on winds, is spreading farther than smoke that remains trapped near the surface.  Intense fires in Canada produced

July 04, 2013

Smoke plumes from North American wildfires over Spain

Massive wildfires in US and Canada produced smoke plumes that drifted over the Atlantic Ocean and reached Europe in late June 2013. MODIS satellite imagery shows smoke plumes hovering over Spain and the western Mediterranean Sea on June 26-27,

June 27, 2013

Air pollution in Singapore reached record hazardous levels

The thick smog from large illegal slash-and-burn land clearance practices​ in Sumatra has been carried by prevailing winds blowing from the southwest, and has been affecting Singapore, Malaysia and surrounding areas since June 13, 2013, pushing

June 22, 2013

Malaysian cities shrouded by smoke haze from Indonesia

Haze from forest fires on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shrouded Malaysia on June 16, 2013, causing "unhealthy" levels of pollution in six areas. The Air Pollutant Index (API) showed unhealthy levels of between 101 and 129 in several areas. In

June 17, 2013

Dust over and around the Arabian Peninsula

Dust blows in the air over and around the Arabian Peninsula, covering the southern half of the Red Sea and part of the Persian Gulf, near Qatar, where a thicker dust plume blows northwest-southeast. The veil of dust also extends southward over the Gulf of Aden and

June 14, 2013

Dust by Senegal River and Cap-Vert Peninsula, West Africa

Dust from the Sahara Desert blows westward off the coast of West Africa. The dust is thickest around the border between Mauritania and Senegal, with plumes visible just north of the Senegal River and the Cap-Vert peninsula, extending west from the main sandy areas of

May 26, 2013

Dust across the Mediterranean Sea

A cloudbank stretched across the Mediterranean Sea from northern Algeria to southern France for the last few days. Saharan dust streaked the clouds, extending hundreds of kilometers from southeast to northwest. One especially noticeable dust plume passed over the

April 29, 2013

Dust transports over Central Asia and northern China

Interaction of global wind systems at two interconnected deserts in Eastern China - Badain Jaran and Tengger Shamo deserts, are major source of sand and sediments dust transport over Central Asia and northern China.Tengger

April 25, 2013

Dust storm worsen air pollution problems in China

The dust plumes originated from the Gobi Desert arose along the China-Mongolia border on March 8, 2013. Arising along the border between China and southwestern Mongolia, the dust extended as far south as the Sichuan Basin and continued to blow for several

March 15, 2013

Dust off West Africa coast from Western Sahara to Guinea Bissau and over Niger, Chad and Nigeria

Dust from the Sahara Desert blows westward, off the coast of West Africa, including the countries of Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea Bissau. Dust seen off the coast of West Africa on February 1, 2013. Partially visible through the dust are

February 04, 2013

Thick dust over Tibesti Mountains (Chad) and Gulf of Sidra (Libya)

The Gulf of Sidra is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, indenting the Libyan coast of northern Africa. It extends eastward for 443 km(275 miles) from Miṣrātah to Banghāzī. A highway links scattered oases along its shore, which is chiefly desert, with salt marshes.

January 30, 2013

Haze continues to hover over northern India and Bangladesh

Ongoing haze blows across the mouths of the Ganges River and over the Bay of Bengal. Temperature inversion keeps smoke from agricultural fires and urban and industrial pollutants near the ground, rather than rising higher into the atmosphere and dispersing. Haze

January 25, 2013

Dust plumes from Sahara over Mediterranean Sea

A plume of Saharan dust, extending roughly 1,110 kilometers (700 miles), spanned the Mediterranean Sea in late January 2013. A swath of dust blows northward from the Sahara Desert in Libya, over the Gulf of Sidra, past the western end of the Jebel Akhdar

January 23, 2013

Dust over Saudi Arabia and Red Sea

Dust can be seen in the air over Saudi Arabia and blowing westward over the Red Sea. Unsettled weather is typical in Saudi Arabia in winter, with strong winds a frequent occurrence. The Rub’ al Khali desert, the world’s largest sand sea, covers large parts of the

January 21, 2013