A huge stream of dust and sand, carried away by the wind from the Sahara desert, finally reached the mainland of the United States.
According to weather forecasters, this is one of the most significant events in the Sahara dust in recent decades.
According to the Weather Channel, last weekend the thickest dust stream began to appear from western Africa, which moved to the Gulf of Mexico and to the south.
A mass of extremely dry and dusty air, known as the Sahara air layer, forms over the Sahara desert and crosses the North Atlantic every three to five days from late spring to early fall, peaking from late June to mid-August, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The agency said it could occupy a layer about 2 miles thick in the atmosphere.
“The main impacts of the Saharan dust are a whitening of the sky during daylight hours, redder sunsets, and decreased air quality,” the National Weather Service said.
Here are some images from social networks in which dust settled in the southern United States:
— Stu Ostro (@StuOstro) June 26, 2020
— Mike Gallagher (@mikegallagher24) June 26, 2020
— NWS Corpus Christi (@NWSCorpus) June 26, 2020
— Nicole Penny ☀ (@npenny2012) June 26, 2020
The #SaharanDust has arrived in Galveston, Texas! 👀
No spectacular, colorful sunrise this morning. 😕@Plume_Labs says air quality has dropped to unhealthy levels at the coast. ☁️
— Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) June 26, 2020
#SaharanDust arriving in Panama City Beach Thursday evening. Looks like a scene from another planet! 🪐
— Lauren Linahan (@LaurenWTVM) June 26, 2020
— Lizzie (@pi_lizzie) June 26, 2020
Did you notice the hazy skies? The #SaharanDust plume we’ve been watching for the past week has finally made it to the Gulf coast, as seen on satellite yesterday. Expect this to stick around for the next day or two before conditions begin to improve later this weekend. #MOBwx pic.twitter.com/LealSh8jJg
— NWS Mobile (@NWSMobile) June 26, 2020