Monday, July 02, 2018

Our Hazy Sky Comes From Africa

Many of you have probably noticed the HAZE over the past day or two. You may have also noticed that it's not like our normal summer haze. It has a little bit of a "dusty" look to it... Well, that's because it is from the Saharan Desert!

As you can see in this animation, the general wind flow is from East to West in the lower latitudes. If the wind patterns are just right... that dust is scooped northward into Region 8:
The above animation is a forecast over the next few days. Notice that while the dust is still moving across the Atlantic, it will lesson over Region 8. Yesterday was probably the worst day:
One good thing about having Saharan Desert Dust over the Atlantic is that it helps suppress hurricane development.

Have a great day!

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