NASA – Massive Saharan dust plume headed our way!


    This is one big dust cloud coming from the Sahara! It’s going to make for some amazing sunsets in the Gulf and Texas, and probably quite a mess of cars and buildings.

    Normally, hundreds of millions of tons of dust are picked up from the deserts of Africa and blown across the Atlantic Ocean each year. That dust helps build beaches in the Caribbean and fertilizes soils in the Amazon. It can also affect air quality in North and South America. There’s a good piece here that explains more.

    On June 18, 2020, NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible image of the large light brown plume of Saharan dust over the North Atlantic Ocean. The image showed that the dust from Africa’s west coast extended almost to the Lesser Antilles in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean. Credit: NASA Worldview

    Oh, and it’s the Solstice this Saturday.