Weather Wonders: Saharan dust - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Weather Wonders: Saharan dust

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For anyone planning a vacation to the Texas Gulf Coast this weekend, things might be looking a little bit hazy.

Dust from the Saharan desert off western Africa has traveled more than 5,000 miles to reach the Texas Gulf Coast. Very strong winds moved this very dry air over the Atlantic and Gulf. The particles are 5,000 to 20,000 feet above the Earth's surface. 

The very dry air can be seen very clearly by satellite imagery. It caused the hazy appearance to the skyline last week.

Although, the trek across the Atlantic from the coast of Africa is a long one, this is not a very unusual event. Another batch of dust is looking to reach the Texas Coast, and maybe even portions of the ArkLaTex, by Friday. 

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