Articles | Volume 19, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 3557–3578, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-3557-2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 3557–3578, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-3557-2019

Research article 20 Mar 2019

Research article | 20 Mar 2019

Saharan dust and biomass burning aerosols during ex-hurricane Ophelia: observations from the new UK lidar and sun-photometer network

Martin Osborne et al.

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In this paper we present an analysis of the unusual red sky event that occurred over the UK on 15 and 16 October 2017. We use measurements from the Met Office operational lidar and sun-photometer network, as well as other data and model output, to show that the event was caused by the passage of ex-hurricane Ophelia which transported unusual amounts of dust from the Sahara to the UK as well as smoke from forest fires in Portugal.
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