In this image from October 22, 2001, the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) shows dust from the Sahara Desert blowing over the Mediterranean Sea. Similar dust storms have continued through the end of October 2001.
Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
In late March 2008, dust blew northward out of the Sahara Desert and over the Mediterranean Sea. Rather than dissipating over the Mediterranean, the dust plume remained relatively coherent, passing over Turkey and turning toward the northeast, blowing over the Black Sea.