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St. John Virgin Islands weather: Sahara Dust

Volcano and Sahara Dust Dirty the Air
By Lynda Lohr — March 26, 2012
After a few days of haze, Monday the air turned dusty and visibility decreased. The problem is a combination of the Soufriere volcano in Montserrat going off combined with Sahara dust blowing across the Atlantic from the Sahara Desert, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist. Read more

Sahara Dust

The Sahara Desert in northern Africa covers a vast landmass almost as large as the United States. Dust Storms sometimes with winds of hurricane force can send up plumes of dust that can be carried by the prevailing winds, such as the Trade Winds, for thousands of miles. So much dust from the African desert has made it’s way to the Caribbean that almost all of the soil found in the Bahamas and the Florida Keys has African origin.

The situation has gotten worse since the 1970s due to poor farming practices in Africa, climate change and the use of four-wheel drive vehicles in the desert that breaks up the hard crust of sand normally found on the surface.

Sahara dust is believed responsible for an increase in childhood asthma in its path and the recent decline in the health of Coral Reefs in the Caribbean, which is thought to be caused by the fungus, Aspergillus, found in the dust.

Today’s Sunrise

St. John SunriseToday’s skies look clearer tan yesterday. With winds shifting the dust conditions should abate somewhat. The dust leftover in the sky did give us a brief moment to photograph a colorful sunrise over Chocolate Hole.

American Eagle to End Puerto Rico – Virgin Islands Flights in 2013
By Lynda Lohr — March 26, 2012
It’s official. After months of rumors swirling around about the end of American Eagle’s flights between San Juan and the territory’s two airports… read more

St. John Live Music Schedule Tuesday March 27

Castaways – Karaoke Night – 9:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Michael Beason – 8:00 – 777-4015
High Tide – Erin Hart – 6:00 – 9:00 0 714-6169
Island Blues – Karaoke & Open Mic – 8:00 – 11:00 – 776-6800
Morgan’s Mango – Greg Kinslow – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Rascio on Steel Pan – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-3304
Shipwreck Landing – Chris Carsel – 6:30 – 9:30
Spyglass – T-Bird – 5:00 – 8:00 – 776-1100

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