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MARCI weather report, February 4-10, 2019.

Dust storm activity was at a minimum across the tropics and southern highlands of Mars last week. Local storms were observed along the seasonal north polar cap edge, while the polar vortex showed a wave-2 type structure, typical this time … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, Jan 28-Feb 3, 2019

Conditions across Mars were similar to that of the previous week. Dust hazes remained present over many southern hemisphere regions. Looking to the northern hemisphere, a couple of dust storms associated with the north polar hood were observed north of … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, January 21-27, 2019

Elevated levels of atmospheric dust, remnants of a recently abated southern hemisphere regional storm, lingered over most of Mars this past week. At high southern latitudes, the perennial south polar ice cap had reached its minimum summer configuration. While in … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Dust to dust

Sol 2292, January 17, 2019, update by MSL scientists Brittney Cooper and Claire Newman: Today was our last day at “Rock Hall,” so it was our final chance to get every last bit of science at this location. We had … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, December 24-30, 2018

Storm activity remained active for the northern hemisphere of Mars this past week. Dust-lifting along the Acidalia storm-track, which started in the previous week, continued south into Aonia Terra. During that time, a subsequent dust storm was spotted over Chryse … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, December 17-23, 2018

A slight uptick in dust-lifting activity was observed last week on Mars. Dust storms over Acidalia Planitia pushed southward along the storm-track towards eastern Valles Marineris. Meanwhile, the plains of Amazonis, Arcadia, and Utopia encountered repeated local-scale dust storms. Looking … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Clouds on a summer’s day

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 18, 2018. During southern summer, clouds are a common occurrence over the south polar cap. These dust clouds started as small dust devils visible near the top right corner of this VIS image. See … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, December 3-9, 2018

Dust lifting events were slightly more abundant for the northern hemisphere of Mars this past week. Near the beginning of the week, dust storm activity observed over Tempe Terra dipped southward towards Chryse Planitia by the following sol. By mid-week, … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, Nov 25-Dec 2, 2018

Transient local-scale dust storms brought about dusty conditions over northern Amazonis and southern Phlegra last week. Near the end of the week, dust activity spotted over Xanthe Terra, quickly subsided and pushed a cloud of dust southward to northeast Noachis. … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, November 19-25, 2018

Sporadic dust-lifting events continued over both hemispheres of the red planet last week. A few short-lived dust storms were observed along the north polar hood near eastern Acidalia, Alba Mons, and the Phlegra Montes. Amazonis Planitia also encountered a small … Continue reading

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