Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Yesterday's Dust Sources

Some of you may have noticed some dust (and maybe smoke) in the air over northern Utah yesterday evening.

Visible satellite loops show that this dust originated from the Carson Sink, a dry lakebed in western Nevada (large red box below).  It was a big day for dust emissions from the salt playas of the Great Basin yesterday there were also dust plumes from the Honey Lake dry lake bed in northern California, Smoke Creek Desert in northern Nevada and the Gabbs Valley area of central Nevada.

There's also a fire in the Schell Creek Range east of Ely, although it seemed to be a minor producer of aerosols (small particles) compared to the salt playas yesterday.

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