This weekend, a massive dust cloud from Africa’s Sahara Desert will sweep across the Atlantic and cause hazy skies across northern Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula.
A few days ago satellites began to detect thick plumes of Saharan dust passing over Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau before moving out over the Atlantic Ocean. For the next ten days, the skies over West Africa and across the tropical Atlantic were stained a distinctive shade of yellow as winds pushed pulse after pulse of Saharan dust to the west.
Every year, over a hundred million tons of dust get picked up from the deserts of Africa and blow across the Atlantic Ocean, affecting air quality in North and South America. Some of it reaches as far as the Amazon River Basin, where the minerals in the dust replenish nutrients in rainforest soils, which are continually depleted by tropical rains.
The dust research suggests that the dust plays a role in the suppression of hurricanes and the decline of coral reefs as well.
“Meteorology Yucatán” shared on Twitter that this phenomenon would cause “reddish / orange dawns and sunsets on the horizon. true spectacles of color in the sky ”
Preparen sus cámaras !!
Se prevé que incremente la llegada de polvo del Sahara a la península para los próximos días.
Amaneceres y atardeceres rojizos/naranjas en el horizonte. Espectáculos de color en el cielo. pic.twitter.com/7P6vDgxFAA
— Meteorología Yucatán (@ClimaYucatan) 20 de junio de 2019
The Yucatan Times Newsroom
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