MARCI weather report, January 2-8, 2017

jan-3-2017There was a slight increase in local-scale dust storm activity this past week on Mars. Short-lived dust storms were observed over Alba, Tempe, Acidalia, and Chryse Planitia. Dust hazes were spotted over Xanthe Terra on the sol following activity over Chryse. Looking west, to the other side of the Tharsis bulge, the plains of Amazonis also experienced a transient dust storm. The southern hemisphere was nearly inactive by comparison. A few tiny dust events, likely kicked up by katabatic winds, were spotted near the south polar ice cap edge. Focusing on the equatorial latitudes, afternoon water-ice clouds were… [More at link]

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