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

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Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1820 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1820 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1830 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1830 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1840 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1840 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1900 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1900 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1910 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1910 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1920 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1920 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1930 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1930 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1940 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1940 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1950 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 1950 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 2010 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 2010 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 2020 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 2020 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 2030 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 30 Jan 2023 - 2030 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)