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GOES-West Mesoscale view - Tropospheric Dust Content at 34°N - 106°W - Near Socorro County, NM

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Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1500 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1500 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1501 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1501 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1502 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1502 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1504 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1504 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1506 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1506 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1507 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1507 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1508 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1508 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1509 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1509 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1510 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1510 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1511 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1511 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1512 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1512 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1513 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1513 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1514 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1514 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1515 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1515 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1516 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1516 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1517 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1517 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1518 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1518 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1519 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1519 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1520 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1520 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1521 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1521 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1522 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 23 May 2024 - 1522 UTC
legend for Dust RBG

Dust RGB key:

1 - Dust plume, day (bright magenta, pink) Note: Dust at night becomes purple shades below 3 km

2 - Low, water cloud (light purple)

3 - Desert surface, day (light blue)

4 - Mid, thick clouds (tan shades)

5 - Mid, thin cloud (green)

6 - Cold, thick clouds (red)

7 - High, thin ice clouds (black)

8 - Very thin clouds, over warm surface (blue)


Dust RGB Dust can be hard to see in visible and infrared imagery because it is optically thin, or because it appears similar to other cloud types such as cirrus. The RGB product is able to contrast airborne dust from clouds using band differencing and the IR thermal channel. The IR band differencing allows dust storms to be observed during both daytime and at night.

• For more details, see the Dust RGB Quick Guide, (PDF, 978 KB)