Sahara Desert Dust Cloud May Reach South Florida This Week | Miami
A huge cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert has crossed the Atlantic in a westerly direction and could reach Florida by the end of this week, affecting some storm systems arriving in the region, according to meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (NOAA).
The Saharan dust cloud has been spreading across the Atlantic since it was born over Africa in recent days and has traveled nearly 5,000 miles.
Dust is expected to increase westward over the next few days and should be noticeable in South Florida later in the week. WPLG-Channel 10 meteorologist Brandon Orr said on Saturday that South Florida will notice “a very hazy gray sky” as the dust from the Sahara Desert moves through our region in the middle of the week.
The effect of Saharan dust on the climate of the peninsula depends on the amount of dust that arrives, but it could produce beautiful sunsets in red, orange and pink. If enough dust reaches south Florida, it could limit the development of storms by drying the atmosphere enough to prevent storms from forming, NOAA meteorologists said.
A storm system is forming in the Gulf of Mexico and could develop into a tropical depression by the middle of the week and a tropical storm could form later Monday off the coast of Carolina.
Forecasts show a rather hostile weather pattern over the Gulf from mid to end of the week. Experts advise people with underlying lung conditions (asthma, breathing problems, etc.) to stay indoors. More at Newsweek.