Blowing dust across Death Valley in Southern California
GOES-16 (GOES-East) Dust RGB and Split Window Difference (10.3-12.3 µm) images (above) revealed a pulse of blowing dust (or haboob) that was created by strong surface outflow from collapsing thunderstorms near the California/Nevada border on 15 February 2022. Much of this wind-lofted dust (appearing as brighter shades of magenta in Dust RGB images, and brighter shades of yellow to green in Split Window Difference images) was then channeled southward through the lower elevations of Death Valley, California — reducing the visibility to zero and causing power outages (Local Storm Report).
A toggle between GOES-16 Dust RGB and Split Window Difference images at 2156 UTC (along with topography) is shown below.
The blowing dust was also evident in GOES-16 True Color RGB images created using Geo2Grid (below) .