A Saharan Dust Plume made its way to the Garden City of Belmopan earlier this morning. US experts reported that the Dust would have made its way across the Caribbean as early as Wednesday. They reported that while it is a yearly phenomenon, this year is a unique one since the plumes are said to contain the highest concentration of particles in the past 50-60 years. Apart from providing spectacular sunrises and sunsets, lowering visibility and reducing air quality, the Saharan Dust can also trigger allergies. This image was shared courtesy of Dioni Marin Photography. The Reporter
"The much-anticipated Saharan dust plume is now making its more than 5,000-mile trek across the Atlantic to the United States.
The thick dust is clearly visible on satellite imagery, too. You can make it out by the brown sheen spreading off the African coast. It's so dense it's making it almost hard to tell where the continent ends and the ocean begins!"- CNN
Wear your mask, try to limit outdoor activities. Drink plenty of water. Asthmatic people keep your pumps with you. Employers please have mercy on your employees with allergies, asthma and respiratory problems. Be considerate. Stay safe and healthy Belize.
This morning I'm looking over the Bay of Corozal, the arrival of the Massive Saharan Dust Cloud which is moving in our area at this time. This morning it looks gloomy across the Bay. Photos by Belize Scoop
A giant plume of Saharan dust on a 5,000-mile journey is expected to drift across the southeastern United States this week at altitudes between 20,000 and 30,000 feet, bringing enhanced sunrises and potentially suppressing storm formation.
Because it is a dry layer of air, the dust helps suppress the development of tropical systems, according to the National Weather Service.
The dry nature of the air mass that originates from the Sahara limits thunderstorm and cloud development, which are needed for the development of tropical cyclones.
San Pedro.... Photo by Jorge Aldana