As winds stronger than 60 miles per hour hit Colorado last Friday, a massive dust storm rolled through the state that was large enough to be spotted from space.
The three-second video below captures the movement of the storm near the Colorado-Kansas border via satellite over two hours. To put this scene into perspective, note the Front Range mountains on the left edge of the frame.
Here are two other ways to visualize the dust from #GOESEast:— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) January 15, 2021
Dust RGB to the left, where the dust appears dark pink, and DEBRA (Dynamic Enhancement with Background Reduction Algorithm) to the right, where the dust appears yellow.
Winds are currently gusting at over 50 mph. pic.twitter.com/lw68fUhALM
As could be expected, the dust storm wreaked havoc in the impacted area, resulting in multiple wrecks and a fatality. The video below captures what this looked like at the surface level.
While traveling around Colorado, it's important to be aware of warnings and advisories posted by official sources, including the National Weather Service and Colorado Department of Transportation. This is where the most up-to-date official information can be found.