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GOES-East - Sector view: Great Lakes - Tropospheric Dust Content

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Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1056 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1056 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1101 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1101 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1106 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1106 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1111 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1111 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1116 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1116 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1121 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1121 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1126 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1126 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1131 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1131 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1136 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1136 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1141 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1141 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1146 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1146 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1151 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 09 Jun 2023 - 1151 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
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)