Airborne Dust and Ash over Southern California
December 13, 2003
The Santa Ana winds that typically blow through Southern California during late fall and winter swept large amounts of dust and ash across the skies of San Diego and over the Pacific Ocean on November 27, 2003. The intense brush fires that had swept through the foothills of this region in October left soils exposed and vulnerable to such strong winds. In this image pair from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), a false-color nadir image (left) highlights the burnt areas, while a 3-D stereo anaglyph image (right) accentuates the dust and indicates the relative height above the surface of the dust and ash blown aloft from the hills that were burnt.
Topics: Environment, Disaster Accident, Atmospheric dynamics, Meteorology, Atmospheric sciences, Weather, Santa Ana winds, Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer, Wildfire, Volcanic ash, Volcanology, wind