Monday, 27 April 2009

Bauchi Harmattan Sunrise

Its really the sun up there. This photo was taken on a particularly dusty morning somewhere east of Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi State, Northern Nigeria.

The Harmattan is a dry and dusty West African trade wind. It blows south from the Sahara Desert into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March. On its passage over the desert it picks up fine dust particles (between 0.5 and 10 micrometres). When the Harmattan blows hard, it can push dust and sand all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean and North America.

3 comments:

Tamaku said...

....hence the phrase 'kissed by the Harmattan.' That picture of the sun through the dust is still a powerful image.

Anengiyefa said...

Hi Tamaku, yes I totally agree. Its awesome how Nature can show us who really is the boss. Flying in an airplane during the Harmattan season, often one's view of the land below is obscured and it is common for airline schedules to be thrown into confusion because of the poor visiblity. However, because the power of the sun is filtered by the dust, temperatures during this season are cooler and this is often seen as a respite from the intense heat that is characteristic of most of Nigeria

rick said...

Just searching for Harmattan and came across this post.
I lived in Plateau State (the OLD state boundaries, close to present day Abuja) over 30 years ago and was at Yankari a few times. I am looking for an image of the sun setting into a Harmattan haze that is so thick that the sun disappears into it before it reaches the horizon. I remember seeing this a few times. The images that I can find show the sun as a red ball but the horizon is still very distinct. I am looking for an image that shows a very dim sun where the bottom edge is blurred into the grey dust of the Harmattan.