Long-lasting Dust Storm from Chihuahua

Long-lasting Dust Storm from Chihuahua

A strong low-pressure system blowing along the Mexico-United States border scattered dust in an unusually long-lasting storm. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite acquired a natural-color image (above) of the dust storm in the early afternoon on March 16, 2021. The NOAA-16 geostationary weather satellite acquired time-lapse video of the storm, including an enhanced product focused on the dust. The dust is sweeping into New Mexico and West Texas, seen in this #GeoColor product (left) and this DEBRA Dust product (right), which makes the dust (yellow) easier to spot. Just this week, particles from a March 13 dust storm in northern Mexico and New Mexico mingled with the snow falling in Colorado, hundreds of miles to the north.

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