As another strong storm system moved onshore from the pacific, strong winds developed over parts of the desert southwest. Wind gusts over 60 mph were reported in the Las Vegas Valley and nearby areas, with gusts over 80 in the mountains. The windy conditions picked up considerable dust across S Nevada and SE California. Given the dust threat, GOES-West RSO was requested, and GOES-16 mesoscale sector 2 was positioned over the region. The 1-min, 0.5 km visible satellite imagery allowed for easy detection of lofting dust initiation points, and simple tracking of the lofted dust through space and time.
Widespread dust can be seen in the animation below. Showers and thunderstorms were also present in the region.
– Bill Line, NWS
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