Dust from Sahara Desert Moves West, Puts Brakes on Atlantic Hurricanes


Atlantic storm watchers are going to have a hard time seeing the ocean, never mind any tropical systems, as another Saharan swirl of dust from Africa is moving west.

The dust, a marker for dry air, has spread out across the Atlantic and “that is really tamping down on the thunderstorm activity that we would typically see at this time of year,” said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
For tropical storms and hurricanes, usual prescriptions require storms, humid air and warm ocean temperatures. You will no longer find these materials in the Atlantic region of the Caribbean, extending from the African coast to Cabo Verde.

Many tropic actions typically begin in this period of this year, and after about two weeks later the Atlantic will often be the most frantic turnaround.

For now, though there are not many signs of confusion over the basin, and things change, “you will not develop too much,” Masters said.

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