Saharan Dust Cloud Could Cause Breathing Problems In Oklahoma

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 30, 2020

Fox 35 Weather reported the massive dust storm brought its heaviest concentration over Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean, leading to hazardous air quality conditions and a reduction in visibility in some areas - though it is not now expected to cause major reductions to Florida's air quality. It willprovide some lovely sunrises and sunsets. It can form over the desert anytime from the late spring into the fall and moves in batches westward across the tropical Atlantic every three to five days, according to NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.

It's all to do with the Saharan Air Layer, a layer of baking hot and dry air in the atmosphere that travels around 10 to 25 meters per second (33 to 82 feet) above the cooler surface air of the Atlantic Ocean. Another large cloud is coming off the African continent, continuing to feed the long chain of dust traveling across the Atlantic.

"Reaching as far west as Texas is very unusual. We often see in our allergic folks shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing, wheezing".

But it's nothing to worry about.

He thinks the Saharan dust could cause a redder sunrise and sunset on Saturday. Massive dust plumes have caused air quality problems in Puerto Rico, Hispanola, and other parts of the Caribbean.

More dust from Africa was moving across the Atlantic on Thursday and approaching the Caribbean.

Just about a year ago Environmental Health News reported that scientists have been trying to determine whether climate change will impact the annual Saharan dust flow across the globe. "This particular one is impressive in its size and the amount of dry, dusty air it contains", Wilkinson said. It's hurricane season, after all.

"It can promotes sinking air across the tropical Atlantic so you can't get any thunderstorm development or tropical activity from that".

Well, the nightmare that is 2020 rolls on and now instead of dealing with only a unsafe pandemic and a massive economic crisis and a complete moron in the White House, we also might have to worry about getting taken out by a cloud of dust.

A recent Harvard study shows that long-term exposure to fine particles of pollution in the air, much like dust, may be linked to higher rates of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.

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