Sahara Dust Coming Our Way

Sahara dust layer taken from a NOAA aircraft northeast of Barbados in 2006

Sahara Dust Cloud Crossing The Atlantic
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a stunning visualization of what’s called the “Saharan Air Layer,” a massive blob of dust that travels into the Northern Atlantic every 3 to 5 days when winds pick up from late spring to early fall. The dust cloud can get as large as the contiguous United States, and it’s not terribly uncommon for it to make its way across the ocean.

You can see where the sand is right now here, but starting Friday and into the weekend it’ll settle over northern Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti and other Caribbean destinations.

A bit of good news though, the dust cloud plays an important role in minimizing the formation of hurricanes, according to NOAA… more

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2 thoughts on “Sahara Dust Coming Our Way”

  1. It always worry’s me when anything comes from Africa without spending at least 30 days in quarantine. Almost every horrid disease known to man comes from Africa, except for the few that come from the pig, chicken or duck farms in China.

  2. Not to mention the pesticides banned in the US and shipped to Africa, coming back our way.

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