LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Plumes of dust from the Saharan Desert in West Africa are nothing new, and can happen several times per year.
Many hyped up and viral social media reports have recently made it sound like it's the next crazy thing of 2020. Making the dust appear to be much more of a big deal than it really is.
The flow of dust up around 20,000 to 30,000 feet will likely actually have a more positive, than negative impact. The dust will suppress storm develop in the tropics for a while. Plus, the dust particles can help produce beautiful golden sunsets.
It is possible that some of the dust particles can make it to the surface, which can increase the particulate levels. This could potentially impact people with sensitive breathing issues.
The video shows our Futurecast model predicting the arrival of the Saharan dust to the Ohio Valley this weekend.