Blowing dust and wildfire smoke in northern Argentina

August 15th, 2022 |

GOES-16 True Color RGB and Nighttime Microphysics RGB images [click to play MP4 animation]

GOES-16 (GOES-East) True Color RGB and Nighttime Microphysics RGB images from the CSPP GeoSphere site (above) showed an arc of blowing dust (along with multiple wildfire smoke plumes) moving northward across northern Argentina — behind a cold front — on 15 August 2022.

Embedded within the broad arc of blowing dust were dense plumes originating from salt flats along the northern edge of Mar Chiquita Lagoon — a closer view of those plumes is shown below.

GOES-16 True Color RGB images [click to play MP4 animation]

GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images (below) include plots of hourly surface reports — and as the cold front moved northward, surface report data (SACO | SANT | SARC | SARF | SASA | SASJ) revealed southerly wind gusts as high as 34 knots and visibility restrictions as low as 3 miles (due to blowing dust) along/behind the front.

GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images [click to play animated GIF | MP4]