Martian weather between May 14, 2018 and May 20, 2018:
The Mars Color Imager (MARCI) aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) acquires a global view of the red planet and its weather patterns every day.
Between May 14 and May 20, 2018 on Mars, weather patterns were fairly typical for this time of martian year. A large dust storm was observed over Cimmeria and Sirenum at the beginning of the week. In the following sols, the dust lifting quickly abated but a residual dust haze was observed spreading eastward over Aonia. Looking to the northern plains, a number of dust storm and water-ice clouds were spotted propagating east from Arcadia to Utopia. Dust lifting along the equatorial latitudes was rather uneventful apart from a tiny spiral storm near the caldera of Pavonis Mons at the start of the week. For most afternoons, condensate water-ice clouds continued to linger over Tempe landforms, Tharsis Montes slopes, and plateaus near Valles Marineris. Both rovers, Opportunity in Endeavour Crater and Curiosity in Gale Crater explored under storm-free conditions throughout the week.