Worst Dust Storm in 12 Years Hits Oman

March 8th, 2015 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

A spectacular satellite view of the dust storm that hit portions of Oman yesterday. High winds coming off the deserts of southern Iran associated with a cold front are what causes this kind of event. The first image shows the front just north of Muscat City, the second a few hours later shows coastal Oman enveloped in dust, then the third image from today (March 8) shows a cyclonic pattern to the cloud of dust (click image for full-size):
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9 Responses to “Worst Dust Storm in 12 Years Hits Oman”

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  1. Johan says:

    Yay, more dust aerosols to explain the catastrophic failure of CAGW models !

  2. Thanks, Dr. Spencer.
    The photographs are very good, the local weather in the Gulf of Oman, is not.

  3. boris says:

    wow! Great photos.

  4. jimc says:

    The Persian Gulf develops a Cape Cod. Nice time lapse.

    • jimc says:

      The present guess seems to be that when sapiens left Africa, they came by this way (the gulf was shallower and narrower) to India where they branched east to China, west to Europe, southeast to Australia, north to the steps an forests of Asia, and northeast to America probably picking up a few genes from earlier now extinct humans along the way.

  5. dave says:

    Speaking of storms…

    The latest in the Pachauri case is that the Delhi Court has allowed a week for the complainant to hand over some 6,000 emails etc to the Police. She intends to photograph screen-shots of each one, in front of witnesses, so that the powers-that-be can not conveniently lose some of them.

  6. Reziac says:

    To add to John Daly’s complaints (I was not familiar with his work but those are all good points) — as any arborist knows, tree rings do NOT reflect temperature — if they did, northern pines wouldn’t have among the widest rings of any tree, even when growing in extremely cold climates (they can be very fast-growing trees; a young one can grow 10 feet of height and 3 inches of diameter in a single season). Nope, what tree rings reflect is WATER. In wet years trees grow more and develop bigger rings. In dry years they grow less and therefore have narrower rings.

    And as desert regions around the world should inform us, temperature and water can be an INVERSE relationship. So WHERE the tree was growing can have a profound effect on ring width.

    And that’s of course assuming that the few thousand years for which we have tree ring data aren’t just statistical noise in the greater scheme of millions of years of climate change.

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