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Massive Saharan Dust Cloud Blows Across Atlantic


A massive sandstorm blowing off the African desert blankets hundreds of thousands of square miles of the eastern Atlantic Ocean (Photo:NASA)


David Leveille

A huge sandstorm that originated over the Sahara Desert is traveling on the wind across the Atlantic Ocean toward the Caribbean. Jason Dunion, a hurricane investigator with Atlantic Oceanographic Meteorological Laboratory of NOAA, says sandstorms are interesting weather phenomenon that impact hurricane formation and create spectacular sunsets.

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    Saharan Air Layer as seen from the NOAA G-IV northeast of Barbados. Cumulus clouds can be seen poking through the tops of the dust layer, which is seen as a milky white haze. (Photo: Jason Dunion NOAA/Hurricane Research Division)