Saharan Dust Is Headed This Way, at Least We Have Masks
Right around hurricane season, we get a visitor from across the world. Saharan dust is headed toward Texas and Louisiana. Scientists with the University of Miami are saying that this year, the dust cloud is bigger than average.
The cloud makes its way across the Atlantic beginning in June until it finally fades out around late August. It consists mostly of particles of sand and minerals that are swept up from the Saharan desert. These particles get trapped in the atmosphere's dust layer 16,500 feet above the surface of the Earth.
As it heads our way, expected to really peak June 22, we could notice a grey hue in the sky as a result. As for the particles in the air we breathe, experts say the layer tends to stay high in the atmosphere. There is a chance smaller particles can settle toward the ground and be breathed in as we venture outside. The small number of studies done have not shown any real impact on respiratory systems being affected by it, but it is still possible.
With us having an active hurricane season already, studies have also shown the presence of the dust has a tendency of preventing hurricanes from developing. Guess you take the good with the bad.