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EUMETSAT report Feb 2021: Large dust plume ejecting off west Africa

by Ernest Werner last modified Feb 25, 2021 08:04 AM

In mid-February 2021, Saharan dust headed for Europe; the second major dust outbreak of the season.

"On Monday 15 February, the Spanish Meteorological Service (AEMET) notified EUMETSAT of an ongoing major dust outbreak over west Africa, which was affecting the weather in the Canary Islands. The ejection of the dust plume from the west coast of Africa can be seen in the enhanced Natural Colours RGB animation (Figure 1). At around 13:30 UTC the dense dust cloud reached the most eastern islands — Fuerteventura and Lanzarote — drastically reducing the visibility and tinting the air orange. In the following hours, powerful wind gusts of up to 80 km/h overwhelmed all the Canary Islands with ‘calima’ — dust in the warm east wind coming from Africa."

Published on 23 February 2021

By Jochen Kerkmann and José Prieto (EUMETSAT), Miguel Angel Martinez (AEMET), Daniel Lindsey (CIRA)

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