(CNN) – A huge dust cloud from the Sahara Desert has traveled across the Atlantic and plans on paying the United States a visit.
The unusual plume is leading to the worst dust storm in the Caribbean in decades.
A mass of very dry, dusty air is moving across the Atlantic right now.— NOAA Research (@NOAAResearch) June 24, 2020
This NOAA animation predicts the movement of the #SaharanDust plume from now through Sunday evening (June 29).
Learn more about the #SaharanAirLayer: https://t.co/OJLrnuKiLI pic.twitter.com/yvPjiE5o91
Usually, Saharan dust disperses into the ocean long before reaching the Americas.
Dust storms in Africa and unique wind conditions high in the atmosphere created the large-scale dust event.
The dust has already darkened the skies over places like Puerto Rico, Antigua and Trinidad & Tobago.
One model predicts the dust plume will continue to move over the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic sections of the United States.
The dust dramatically reduces air quality and can irritate the lungs of people with allergies.
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