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Massive Dust Cloud Headed Straight for US – May Dim Sun & Cause Red Skies

Leading to talk of “end times” on social media, a massive dust cloud from the Sahara Desert is heading for the United States.

As of Friday, the dust was about 1 mile above sea level and located between the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rodney Wynn said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Tampa Bay will get the full dust experience on Sunday.

“It’s going to be warm and a little bit drier,” he said. “Probably about three to four degrees above average.”

Wynn said there won’t be much to see on the ground.

“It’s not like you’re going to wake up one morning and have dust on your car,” he said

Megan Borowski, a Florida Public Radio Emergency Network meteorologist, said the real show will be in the sky, noting the sunsets will be uniquely beautiful when the dust cloud arrives and turns the sky red.

“When the dust layer does arrive you can actually get really neat atmospheric optical effects,” Borowski said.

“One of the cool things that I’ve got pictures of are halos around the sun, and it’s just the way that the sand particles and dust particles actually reflect sunlight,” she said.

Not everyone was joyful, with one Twitter poster writing, “Aren’t the end-times magnificent?”

This year’s dust is nothing unusual, according to Austin, Texas, TV station KVUE-TV.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has said when the Saharan Air Layer makes its way across the Atlantic every year, “it usually occupies a 2 to 2.5-mile-thick layer of the atmosphere with its base starting about 1 mile above the surface.”

“Saharan dust is common most years across parts of the Atlantic basin and sometimes spreads as far west as the Caribbean and Florida,” AccuWeather Director of Forecast Operations Dan DePodwin said, according to AccuWeather. “The location and magnitude of the dust changes frequently throughout the season.”

Forecasters warn that while the dust is not a particularly rare occurrence, it could still impact people across the Southeast in the coming days.

The sky could appear opaque, Acccu Weather said.

A second dust cloud could arrive Tuesday, according to AccuWeather, and has the potential to reduce air quality to worsen across Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and Florida.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said caregivers for children, babies, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions or chronic cardiopulmonary diseases should check the air quality before venturing outside when the Saharan dust is blowing through town.

  • Nunya says:

    Cool, hope I get to see it.

  • Richard says:

    Sounds like what Bill Gates wanted to do and Biden pitched the same idea a few weeks ago makes me wonder if this is something that they cooked up

    • Gates Of Hell says:

      Don’t be surprised if these dust clouds are carrying something lethal. Covid didn’t kill off enough people
      RIGHT BILL??

  • andy says:

    might be heavier than normal, but this is a regular seasonal event. Sahara sands have been carried to the amazon for centuries on the jet streams and sky rivers

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