April 18, 2006

Major dust storms in Asia

As the potential Asian dust we have been following the last few days moves off from the northeastern U.S., China continues to experience serious dust storms. Last night was the eighth major dust storm this year. Chinese news sources report that over 300,000 tons of dust and sand (20 grams of dust per square meter) fell on Beijing last night.

On the left is the MODIS image from over China today showing heavy dust and clouds. On the right is a photo courtesy of Tim Dye, Sonoma Tech, showing a dusty sun rise from his hotel in Beijing.

The Smog Blog will be tracking this latest dust plume as it makes its way across the Pacific.

Posted by Jill Engel-Cox at April 18, 2006 9:21 AM