Windy and dusty day in Mexico and Baja California

This NASA satellite image from November 27, 2011 shows a plume of dust extending over the Gulf of California.

NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image on November 27, 2011. It’s a plume of dust blowing off mainland Mexico, over the Gulf of California (Golfo de California), almost reaching the Baja California Peninsula.

Image of dust over Mexico and Baja California acquired with NASA’s Aqua satellite on November 27, 2011. Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.

You can’t see the source point for the plume in Mexico in this image, but the clear skies over most of the Mexican state of Sonora suggest that the dust arose near the Mexican west coast.

Source points do appear for the dust plumes arising from the Baja California Peninsula. Midway down the peninsula, where the dust arises, sandy desert comprises much of the landscape.

NASA image taken with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).