Saharan dust reaches Caribbean

Courtesy of NOAA

Apparently it’s not that uncommon for Saharan dust to reach the Caribbean thanks to the NE trade winds in June, but this event is likely to have been the largest for fifty years or more, and although dust does suppress tropical cyclone development by drying out the upper atmosphere, it’s thought that it’s unlikely to affect things as this season shifts into overdrive later in July and August. Well I suppose you never know it could have limited tropical storm Dolly from intensifying into a full blown hurricane.

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