The Sahara dust storm has reached the US mainland

Saharan dust cloud hits Caribbean, heading toward US
Nicknamed ‘Godzilla’ for its unusually large size, the plume of dust began to emerge off western Africa last weekend

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:

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