Arctic Blast Explodes Across the High Plains, Kicking Up a Large Dust Storm Visible From Space

As Arctic air rushed south across a large portion of the U.S. midsection yesterday, high winds at the leading edge of the cold front lofted palls of dust into the air over the high plains — so much so that they were visible to satellites orbiting high overhead.

You can see the dust in the image above, acquired by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Monday afternoon as the leading edge of the cold air advanced across Colorado. The line of dust is located along the Arkansas River, a little east of the

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