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Dust Storm in Eastern China
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Dust Storm in Eastern China

April 28, 2009
Yellow dust and clouds mingled over eastern China on April 24, 2009. The MODIS on NASA's Terra satellite captured this true-color image the same day. In this image, dust plumes completely obscure the lowlands west of Bo Hai, and thinner dust plumes mix with clouds over the ocean. In the west, skies over the mountains appear largely dust-free but cloudy. The Bo Hai is just barely visible as the blue of the water shows a bit through the clouds and dust near the top right corner of the image. The Yellow Sea is in the bottom right corner, but is completely obscured by clouds.

In the days preceding this storm, dust plumes blew eastward out of the Taklimakan Desert. Dust storms also struck north and northwestern China on April 23-24, according to news reports. The China Meteorological Administration described the dust storm in northern China as the nation's most wide-ranging storm so far in 2009.


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