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Blowing Dust Affects Mexico and the U.S.
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On Wednesday, April 15, 2003, strong winds blew dust from northern Mexico up into the United States, affecting Texas and New Mexico. In New Mexico at least two people were killed when blowing dust reduced visibility and caused a multiple car accident. This true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) of the storm was captured by the Aqua satellite, and it shows the blowing dust centered in the image.
Image courtesy Liam Gumley, based on data acquired by direct broadcast and processed at Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.