Plume of Saharan Dust Should Halt Tropical Systems

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 21, 2020 at 10:44 AM CDT
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Over the past several days, activity in the Saharan Desert has caught the attention of many weather professionals. Weather models have been hinting at a large blast of dry and dusty air from Africa to arrive in the Atlantic by this week.

Models are indicating that this plume of dust from the Saharan Desert will slowly track across the entire Atlantic basin and eventually disperse around the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. However, do not be alarmed into thinking this means we will see dust storms in southeastern Alabama.

This weather factor actually plays a role in bringing a stop to tropical systems developing. The dry air prevents the warm oceanic air from rising and creating any type of tropical system, therefore making the environment for tropical storms to be very challenging.

For this time of the year in June, its very typical for weak tropical systems to develop in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Now that this plume of dust is expected to settle into those regions by later in the week, we should see another steady round of calmness across the tropics.

With that forecast in place, now would be a good opportunity to review your hurricane safety kit and plan of action just in case of the event of a future tropical situation.

Stay updated withe the 4WARN Weather Team for all the latest updates on the tropics.

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