On January 11, 2013 an intense low pressure center moved into the plains and the associated cold front moved out of Colorado and into Kansas. High winds produced by the low pressure center and advancing cold front kicked up a vast amount of dirt that spread east. Although the dust was thickest in western Kansas, many of the source points for the storm were in Colorado. One dust plume arose roughly 40 miles south of Colorado Springs. In Kansas, the eastern edge of the dust storm spanned nearly 150 miles and the dust was thick enough to completely hide the land surface below, especially east of Goodland and there were reports of near zero visibility along Interstate 70 at the leading edge of the dust.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the natural-color image that is displayed below.
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