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Archive: Jun 2009

Airborne Saharan dust over the North Atlantic Ocean

A Meteosat-9 visible image at 18:00 UTC (above) showed the presence of a great deal of airborne Saharan dust over the North Atlantic Ocean on 30 June 2009. Due to a favorable forward scattering angle, this dust appeared as a large “hazy” feature between Africa and South America. Also note... Read More

Yemenia Airways Flight 626 crash

Yemenia Airways Flight 626 departed from Sana in Yemen and crashed after an aborted landing attempt at Moroni in the Comoros Islands off the east coast of Africa on 29 June 2009. Meteosat-7 11.5 µm IR images (above) showed that there was a strong southerly flow over the region on that... Read More

GOES-O (GOES-14) launched!

The GOES-O satellite was launched at 22:51 UTC on 27 June 2009 from Cape Canaveral, Florida (station identifier XMR). GOES-12 visible images (above) showed a portion of the rocket plume on the 23:02 UTC image (some ground-based photos of the launch are available here). This satellite will become GOES-14 after... Read More

Convective initiation along an outflow boundary

GOES-12 visible images (above) showed a nice example of convective initiation along an outflow boundary from thunderstorms a few hours earlier across northeastern Iowa on 25 June 2009. This new convection that developed along the outflow boundary produced hail of 1.5 inch in diameter and damaging winds in extreme northern Illinois (just... Read More