Synoptic Situation of 28-31 October 2017 Severe Dust Storm over Iraq


  • Husam T. Majeed Department of Atmospheric Sciences, College of Science, Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad
  • Hawraa Majid Qasim Department of Atmospheric Sciences, College of Science, Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad



Synoptic, Dust, Aerosols, MODIS, Iraq


The phenomenon of dust storms occurs in areas that are characterized by drought, and lack of rainfalls. There are many such areas around the world, including the Middle East in general and large parts of Iraq in particular. In the last week of October 2017, a severe dust storm occurred over Iraq and lasted for four days, the aim of this work was to investigate the synoptic situation of this severe storm using remote sensing data. Data include daily true-color images, Aerosols Index (AI), surface weather maps, and 850 Mb weather maps. These data were analyzed for the four days of the storm (28-31 Oct 2017). The results showed that the storm was triggered on the 28th of October over the northwestern part of Iraq. The weather maps revealed that the cause, development, and transport of this storm were caused by a low-pressure system. This system was developed just over the source area of dust on the first day of the storm, and two ridges in which one has existed over the north of Iran and the second advanced from Egypt during the second day of the storm. The pattern of the trough and two ridges on the second and third day caused the storm to halt over central and southwestern areas of Iraq and the northern border of Saudi Arabia with Iraq. On the fourth day, the storm was moved by the northwesterly wind towards the south of Iraq and Kuwait.


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H. T. Majeed and H. M. Qasim, “Synoptic Situation of 28-31 October 2017 Severe Dust Storm over Iraq”, Al-Mustansiriyah Journal of Science, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 33–39, May 2021, doi: 10.23851/mjs.v32i2.980.

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