Be Thankful For The Dust

Every year I post a article about the coming Hurricane Season…usually I report on the predictions for the season and then write to my readers to not worry if I am off-line and that I shall return as soon as possible and then I post the video of Buffet’s “Trying To Reason With The Hurricane Season”

This year there seems to be some possible good news about our season as we enter into the time of most activity…….it may be calmer than normal and we have the Sahara to thank……a desert thousands of miles away…..

Dust from the Sahara Desert has surged into the Caribbean and may funnel its way toward the Gulf Coast of the United States this weekend, keeping the tropics at bay for the near future.

Known as the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), this dry dust plume commonly forms from late spring through early fall, moving out into the tropical Atlantic Ocean about every three to five days, according to NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division (HRD).

The HRD says the SAL is typically located between 5,000 and 20,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. It is transported westward by bursts of strong winds and tropical waves located in the central and western Atlantic Ocean at altitudes between 6,500 and 14,500 feet.

Say what you may….personally I want to thank the desert for its help…..down here the calmer the better.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

6 thoughts on “Be Thankful For The Dust

  1. Experienced every hurricane that hit Miami 1955 to 2014. I used to think they were fun when I was a kid. I would go through the neighborhood and cut up and stack for pick-up the downed limbs and small trees. Averaged about $600 a season which quite a bankroll for a kid back then. They are no fun anymore esp with no electricity for two weeks, gas shortages and people unable to get to work. No work = no salary and as so many people live paycheck to paycheck many people get behind on bills for which you cannot get behind like car insurance, rent and utilities. Very stressful. Now in Greensboro, NC many miles from the coast and should be safe from wind damage but there has been flooding here from the rain. I do root for Miami Hurricanes, an appropriate name for University of Miami’s sports teams.

    1. I have been through 6 major hurricanes and have seen my area totally destroyed twice so any help we can get to make a calmer season the better. chuq

  2. My local radar maps from Ruskin, Fl. has been showing the African dust coming across the ocean for the last couple of weeks. It is amazing how much weather you learn living on the Gulf Coast. The sky is still pretty blue here so maybe in a few days we will see those orange sun sets from the dust.

    1. WE on the Coast watch the weather closely….be prepared….. propane bottles and two grills in case the storm knocks out power….I will feed the neighborhood before I will throw it away chuq

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