FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — It happens every year, a dust plume from the Saharan Desert hitches a ride on the trade winds and heads for the United States.
These winds are the same ones that steer hurricanes toward North America.
The dust usually diminishes tropical formation.
Believe it or not, it will actually cause a number of things to happen.
Yes, it’ll get hazy and that’s certainly the case in the Caribbean.
According to the National Weather Service in San Juan, the visibility dropped to 5 miles.
The following image depicts what has happened over by Trinidad & Tobago courtesy of surge of Saharan dust from the Sahara Desert that has recently entered the Caribbean. Jamaicans with sinusitis and asthmatic conditions should be on the alert when it arrives in Jamaica on Monday. pic.twitter.com/9jXxtCVKRX
— Weather Jamaica (@weatherjamaica) June 21, 2020
The dust will become more dispersed once it reaches the Gulf Coast.
It’ll create vivid sunrises and sunsets, with brilliant reds and oranges.
Unfortunately, it’ll cause air quality problems.
This will be problematic for people that have asthma or dust allergies.
The plume of dust is expected to arrive in the Gulf Coast and southeastern part of the U.S. Wednesday.
It will then expand to the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest by the weekend.
An updated (Monday June 22nd) computer model forecast of atmospheric dust for the next 10 days. pic.twitter.com/1nTg8vd9M7
— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) June 22, 2020