Sahara Dust is here


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Feb 20, 2019

This is the time of the year when the dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa blows east all the way to the Caribbean. The skies become a hazy blueish gray and people are reminded hot summer days are coming.

This 2024, the Sahara Dust is making its way to the Caribbean despite the unusually wet April and May. The dust usually blows during the first two and a half months of the hurricane season that officially begins in June. Reports are that the Sahara Dust is early this year.

On the positive, the dust cloud known officially as the Saharan Air Layer brings nutrients for soils and is generally good for agriculture.

On the negative side, those who suffer from respiratory problems and allergies may need to stay indoors where air conditioning can filter the air and keep a stash of meds, just in case of a flare-up of their condition.

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