An Extreme Event of a Mesoscale Dust Front—A Case Study Over the Eastern Mediterranean

  • Nitsa HaikinEmail author
  • Pinhas Alpert
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


An extreme dust event occurred over southern Israel, where meteorological and air pollution observations suggested that the front was about 100 km wide and the extreme dust concentration formed an advancing “wall” of more than 1 km high. In this study, the atmospheric model RAMS was employed with nested grids over the event domain, where strong turbulence was demonstrated by the model. The simulations showed some turbulent features which supported the observations, yet weren’t sufficient to explain the full development of the dust front.


Dust front RAMS TKE 



We wish to thank Roni Neumann from NRCN for his expert-forecaster insight on the case.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesTel-Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsNRCNBeer ShevaIsrael

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