DISCUSSION: Here is a great image from the NASA SNPP/VIIRS satellite depicting a dust storm across the Sahara Desert earlier this week. You can clearly see the large area over which the dust plume covers (i.e., on the order of hundreds or sometimes even thousands of miles). It is also important to note that Saharan Dust has impacts over both North and South America in many different respects!
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~Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz