Weather Wednesday: African Dust Headed for United States

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A huge plume of Saharan dust appears across the tropical North Atlantic Ocean in this image captured by the GOES East satellite on June 27, 2018. (NOAA)

Satellite images are starting to show a huge area of dust that is blowing off of Africa’s coast and heading across the Atlantic toward the U.S.

Generally one would think that most of our weather would move from east to west.  However, that is not always true.  According to MLive.com meteorologist, Mark Torregrosa, an east-to-west wind can carry dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa.

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Check out the images of dust highlighted in yellow! (Credit: MLive)

What ‘Dust’ This Mean for the US?

Mark continues:

So at a time when much of the U.S. has been very dry as of late (especially here in the Midwest), it may be something to be mindful of, especially for those with breathing or allergy issues!

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