Saharan dust returns soon

Tampa, Fla. (WFLA) – The Sahara dust we love is back!

We track the dust via satellite as it comes off the coast of Africa and crosses the Atlantic Ocean. It prevents tropical growth and helps make sunrises and sunsets more vibrant and colorful.

We are tracking a cloud of Saharan dust that is currently along the west coast of Africa. It begins to cross the Atlantic Ocean this weekend and will make sunrises and sunsets more vibrant in the Lesser Antilles on Tuesday night.

Dust forecast in the Sahara on Tuesday night.

Don’t worry about dust tasting. For the most part, it catches up very well with the upper layers of our atmosphere. By the time it finally began to sink and merge with the lower parts of our atmosphere, it became so thin that it was, for the most part, undetectable.

Dust forecast in the Sahara on Friday morning.

The Sahara Desert will cross Cuba and enter the southern Gulf of Mexico on Friday. The thickest areas of dust remain in the mid-Atlantic at this time.

Over the weekend, the Tampa Bay area received its first sign of the Saharan dust of the season. It will initially be just the thinnest part of the beam but eventually, higher concentrations of dust will move into this area.

The dust in the Sahara moved into the Gulf and towards Tampa Bay over the weekend. Usually, this means beautiful, colorful sunsets. Unfortunately, we expect widespread rain this weekend, which will most likely reduce the likelihood of a glorious sunset.

Any glimpse of a sunset unobstructed by rain and clouds would look more colorful, thanks to a layer of dust from the ocean more than a mile above our sky.

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