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Hot Air and Dust Blow Over Tulsa

June 12, 2020
A large dust cloud appears pink in this false-color dust imagery as it blows over Oklahoma.

On June 9, 2020, NOAA’s GOES East satellite watched as a large dust cloud blew over the landscape of Oklahoma (pink shading). According to the Tulsa NWS office, the dust was the result of strong winds from a dry line pushing across the state. The strength and size of the dryline were unusual for this time of year; as dust storms typically occur across Oklahoma from February through April.

The dust was detected via the Dust RGB multispectral product on GOES East. For better visibility, this colorful product clarifies the dust from the surrounding clouds by infrared frequencies and on-the-ground contrasting software. Together, they display the difference and speed between water and dust particles.

The GOES East geostationary satellite, also known as GOES-16, keeps watch over most of North America, including the continental United States and Mexico, as well as Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west coast of Africa. The satellite's high-resolution imagery provides optimal viewing of severe weather events, including thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes.