This ‘phenomenon’ caused the Yucatecan sky to look ‘foggy’ for a few days, as published by ClimaYucatan on their Twitter account.
The arrival of Sahara dust is common in the region every year. These sand particles travel over 10 000 kilometers (6,215 miles), from the African desert across the Atlantic Ocean to reach our country.
According to the newspaper “El Mañana“, the dust particles bring pollutants from the sub-Saharian agricultural area, and may carry viruses and bacteria that can cause eye infections and, in extreme cases, respiratory diseases.
The authorities have not issued any official statement on the phenomenon, or if any preventive measures are necessary.
According to the news website “Estrella de Panama” (a country that also suffers the arrival of dust), the phenomenon arises due to the extreme heat that prevails in the Sahara region during this season, which causes loss of weight of the particles of sand and dust, and allows them to be carried by winds and local air currents to the Atlantic.
Once the particles pass the African Western coast, they are attracted by the trade winds (which are the prevailing pattern of easterly surface winds found in the tropics), they enter the current, and then “fly” over the Atlantic Ocean directly to the American continent, reaching the Yucatan Peninsula.
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