Frankly, I hope our weather clears up later this week and on the weekend so we can all experience some spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Because we don’t have enough going on in the world right now, a gargantuan plume of dust is currently making its way from the Sahara Desert to the United States. This is a common and frequent occurs  between mid June to mid August. The maps are quite frightening.

Although the cloud has already worsened air quality in the United States, the dry and warm air of the dust plume tends to inhibit the development of hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To ease our fears, I asked my favorite meteorologist in town, CBS 42’s Ashley Gann, to help us understand what’s coming. “This is the most significant event in the past 50 years,” Pablo Méndez Lázaro, from the University of Puerto Rico’s School of Public Health, told the Associated Press.

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“Conditions are dangerous in many Caribbean islands.”.

A large desert dust plume from the Sahara desert in north Africa is closing in on the United States. Let us just admit it.



On Thursday, the cloud arrived in Texas and is expected to keep moving towards the northeast over the weekend. Amazing how large an area it covers!”. Longtime conservationist. By signing up you are agreeing to our, NYC Officer Suspended for Blaring ‘Trump 2020’ During Patrol, Not Hugging My Grandkids Will Always Be Hard, Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know now on politics, health and more, © 2020 TIME USA, LLC.

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But this year, the cloud could clearly be seen from space.

All Rights Reserved. On satellite imagery, dust plumes are typically difficult to spot.

On June 21, astronaut Doug Hurlet tweeted a photo of the cloud, writing “We flew over this Saharan dust plume today in the west central Atlantic. The dust now . Many thanks from Bham Now to Ashley and her staff at CBS 42.

Because these particles are well above us, they rarely mix down into the air we breathe, but again it can effect some sensitive groups, but not really the general public.

A massive cloud of Saharan dust darkened much of Cuba on Wednesday and began to affect air quality in Florida, sparking warnings to people with respiratory illnesses to stay home. All Rights Reserved.

The cloud—which has been called the Godzilla Dust Cloud—forms annually but is significantly larger this year.

It’s just that now, we have technology that can show the future path of that Saharan Air Layer, giving us another forecasting tool to use in our weather tool box. The dry, desert air stymies much tropical development. Dust lofted into the air by a few dust storms across Africa has made the 5,000-mile journey across the Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and now on Thursday into the United States. A couple look at the sea as a vast cloud of Sahara dust is blanketing the city of Havana on June 24, 2020.

All content on this site is Copyright Rushing Waters Media LLC/Bham Now 2016-2020. Because these dust particles are one mile up in the atmosphere they help produce amazing sunrises and sunsets because the sun’s light beams refract around these particles and display all sorts of colors.

The Saharan Air Layer is essentially like a conveyer belt in the upper levels of the atmosphere that is moving East to west. Another round of Saharan dust is forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico later this week. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

It is a mass of very dry, dusty air that forms over the Sahara Desert and moves from land to ocean every 3-5 days.

Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Sahara Desert 'Godzilla' Dust Cloud Approaching the United States.

The tropics will remain pretty quiet for the next couple of weeks as a result. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. The much-anticipated Saharan dust is now making its more than 5,000-mile trek across the Atlantic to the United States. On occasion, that layer can extend to the lower 48 and it can even occupy up to 2-2.5 miles of thickness of the atmosphere. The Saharan Air Layer is essentially like a conveyer belt in the upper levels of the atmosphere that is  moving East to west. The  Saharan Air Layer is nothing new. A couple look at the sea as a vast cloud of Sahara dust is blanketing the city of Havana on June 24, 2020. Because our forecast next week includes a good bit of rain and clouds, we may not benefit as much though. Saharan dust cloud covers parts of U.S. 02:04 What's been called the most significant dust cloud in 50 years has now shrouded the U.S. Gulf Coast in a thick, dusty haze.

A meteorology professor breaks down what happens in places where the dust originates -- and what can hitch a ride on those tiny dust particles traveling thousands of miles across the Atlantic.

The dust plume, which has been traversing thousands of feet above the Atlantic ocean, arrived in central America earlier this week, covering the majority of the central and western Gulf of Mexico with haze engulfing the region. And because Bham Now has a guide for EVERYTHING  Birmingham – here is an article about the best rooftop bars in the Magic City… just in case the weather clears up. Below is her response from my email request this weekend asking for details about the incoming Saharan Dust Plume. This is a common and frequent occurs between mid June to mid August. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years.

On the heels of the first wave of dust is a second, albeit tamer, cloud of gritty sand again drifting west across the ocean.

It is a mass of very dry, dusty air that forms over the Sahara Desert and moves from land to ocean every 3-5 days. For the past week, we’ve been seeing maps of  the “Saharan Dust Plume” inching ever so slowly toward the continental U.S., in particular the Southeast and Alabama. A massive cloud of Saharan dust darkened much …

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