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Dust Storm in Texas

Dust Storm in Texas

High winds harried much of Texas in late January 2008. On January 29, 2008, The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of a dust storm near Lubbock, Texas, not far from the New Mexico border. This image shows a wide swath of dust blowing toward the southeast.

East of the dust storm, a red outline indicates a hotspot of unusually warm surface temperatures, indicating a fire. According to news reports, the Texas Forest Service responded to more than 20 major fires that burned a total of roughly 18,700 acres on January 29. High winds and blowing dust were expected in the Midland-Odessa region the next day.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Michon Scott.