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GOES-West - Sector view: Hawaii - Tropospheric Dust Content

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Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0210 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0210 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0220 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0220 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0230 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0230 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0240 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0240 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0250 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0250 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0300 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0300 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0310 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0310 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0320 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0320 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0330 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0330 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0340 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0340 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0350 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0350 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0400 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 28 Jan 2023 - 0400 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)