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Huge Dust Cloud Moving Towards Florida

Florida, USA
Photo: A look at the dust layer during a flight from Barbados to Miami.

June 28, 2007

Droughts followed by tropical downpours followed by . . . Saharan dust storms.

A mammoth cloud of African dust is heading in our general direction, close behind the disturbances that brought torrential rain to parts of the region.

Joseph Prospero, a professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, said the dusty, reddish-brown cloud hovered Wednesday over the Caribbean and Atlantic.

It was likely to complete its 6,000-mile trip to Florida by Friday, the first of many wind-blown deliveries of soil that blows off the Sahara this time of year and ends up on our lawns, fields -- and cars.

Click the Image at Left to View Saharan Dust Entering the Caribbean Sea on June 26

News Source: Jordy of Virtual Matter

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