Sahara Dust Cloud is moving over the Atlantic Ocean. Its forecast is to reach Florida early next week.
The Sahara is the major source on Earth of mineral dust (60-200 million tons per year). Sahara dust gets lifted over the hot desert area and can reach thousands of miles away at a high atitude due to heavy winds, in short, the transportation of dust due to wind is world wide which forms the Sahara Dust Cloud.
How Saraha Dust Cloud is Formed
The dust is combined with the very hot and dry air of the Sahara Desert often forms an atmospheric layer called the Saharan Air Layer which has significant effects on tropical weather, especially as it interferes with the development of hurricanes.
What is Official Name of Sahra Dust Cloud?
The Official Name of Saraha Dust Cloud is Sahara Air Layer, it is usually formed at the end of spring and in the beggining of summer. That is where in June, 2021 is has travelled to Atlantic Ocean in the wester hemesphere and creating the Sahara Dust Cloud.
Current Situation of Sahara Dust Cloud
Current analysis reveals a strong Saharan dust event ongoing across the Atlantic Ocean. The GOES-16 satellite imagery below shows a large dust cloud currently moving across the tropical Atlantic. It has already reached the Caribbean
The Sahara Dust Cloud is warm and very dry which has 50% less moisture than the standard atmosphere .This causes thunderstroke and hurricane.
Sahara Dust Cloud impacts the Health
The dust that moves from Sahara Desert, moves thousands of miles and there are many reports mentioned that it has caused the allergy like running nose, scratchy threat, post nasal drainage, sneezing. Though it has helped to reduce the temperature but unfortunately health issues is also connected to Sarah Dust Cloud.
Doctors at Texas Health Resources say they’ve also seen an increase in allergy cases because of the Saharan dust. Doctors recommend limiting time outside. And if over the counter medications don’t work or symptoms get worse, go see a doctor.
Because Saharan dust includes a type of sand not found in our area, it can trigger your immune system to react with symptoms typical of springtime allergies. Dr. Rajiv Pandit told fox4news.com that about 25% more patients are calling with nasal congestion, sneezing and post-nasal drip. For mild symptoms, he recommends saline spray, air purifiers and nasal irrigation. But for those with underlying breathing issues, the risk of more serious symptoms increases, especially patients with a history of asthma or emphysema. Those individuals need to be close to their inhalers.
What is recommendation during Sahara Dust Cloud?
In the meantime, stay inside in the air conditioning and enjoy one of the actual benefits of the desert dust: beautiful sunsets!