A colossal cloud of dust that rose up more than the Sahara Desert in mid June has been swept 5,000 miles throughout the Atlantic Ocean and now threatens to deliver haze and well being impacts to the United States.
The cloud is so notable that it is simply seen in images of Earth obtained by the Deep Area Local weather Observatory spacecraft oribiting a million miles away.
Robust updrafts in the atmosphere over the Sahara lofted huges quantities of dust on or about June 13, 2020. The cloud was then picked up by the prevailing winds and blown west out more than the Atlantic Ocean, sooner or later reaching the Caribbean.
An animation of Suomi-NPP satellite images shows the Saharan dust cloud blowing westward more than the Atlantic among June 13 and 22, 2020. (Illustrations or photos: NASA Worldview. Animation: Tom Yulsman)
“Generally, hundreds of hundreds of thousands of tons