In early March 2020, strong winds lofted dust from Africa over the Atlantic Ocean. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of the dust as it moved out from the coast of Morocco and Western Sahara on March 8, 2020.
This is the latest in a series of dust storms to affect the region in recent weeks. Unlike the event in late February that disrupted air and land travel in the Canary Islands, this event is not expected to bring a significant amount of dust and sand to the islands.
On March 10, 2007, thick plumes of dust blew off the west coast of Africa and over the Canary Islands. In this image, the tan dust strikes a strong contrast with the navy blue ocean. The dust plumes are thickest over the Canary Islands, almost thick enough to completely obscure the satellite’s view of them.