~~June 26, 2020~~
SAHARA DESERT DUST STORM
(WELCOME TO JUMANJI LEVEL 7)
The year 2020 hasn’t been kind to many people. One of the nations that has really felt the ire of this year is Puerto Rico, my home.
From the persistent earthquakes that began un January, to the COVID-19 pandemic, to the resulting strictly enforced social distancing and mask wearing to the Saharan Dust Plume.
I’m not sure that this is a picture from Puerto Rico but reports from friends and families, accompanied by pictures, it could very well be. The good thing, it’s passing through an headed to the mainland. Beware!
“The main impacts of the Saharan dust will be hazy skies during the day, locally reduced visibility and degraded air quality,” the Weather Prediction Center said. “However, this will also make for some very colorful sunrises and sunsets with deeper oranges and reds compared to normal.”
Through the weekend, a thinner amount of dust will advance across much of the eastern US. At the same time, a denser concentration will hang around the Southeast, mainly Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
This Saharan dust plume is historic
“The ongoing Saharan dust outbreak across the tropical Atlantic is by far the most extreme of the MODIS satellite record – our most detailed, continuous record of global dust back to 2002,” tweeted Atmospheric Scientist Michael Lowry.
“It is definitely historic,” Olga Mayol-Bracero, a researcher at the University of Puerto Rico, told CNN Weather. “We knew we were going to be in an extraordinary situation.”
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