After 5,000 mile journey enormous dust storm arrives from Sahara to U.S.Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 27, 2020
After making a 5,000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean, dust from the Sahara Desert has arrived in the United States.
SAL Saharan Air Layer
Topics: Storm Sahara U.S.
The SAL typically begins about a mile above the surface and winds transport it westward, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"Saharan Air Layer activity usually ramps up in mid-June, peaks from late June to mid-August, and begins to rapidly subside after mid-August," the NOAA said.
"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. ■