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Saharan dust plume arrives in Belize

Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 10:00 am CST.

By BBN Staff: A plume of dust from the Sahara Desert in north-central Africa arrived in Belize and was seen over Belize City, Belmopan and San Ignacio this morning.

The dust created a sheet of fog in the sky.

CNN reported that this plume is dense enough to obscure the African coastline on satellite imagery.

Forecast models call for this swath of dust, straight from the Saharan Desert and carried by the east-to-west Trade Winds, to arrive in the Southeast US beginning on Wednesday of this week, according to CNN.

It will put a pause, at least for now, on tropical storm activity in the region, as the dry air removes the humidity hurricanes need to form.

This year’s hurricane season is expected to be above average and at least three named storms and one hurricane have formed even before the season officially started earlier this month.

The typical blue sky for this time of year will have more of a milky haze as the tiny dust particles, tens of thousands of feet in the air, scatter the sun’s rays at dusk and dawn providing for visually arresting sunrises and sunsets.

Unfortunately for those with sensitive allergies, some of the particles will make their way to the ground and aggravate those allergies in some areas.

 

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