OHIO -ACCORDING TO NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, “A massive plume of Saharan dust appears across the tropical North Atlantic Ocean in this image captured by the GOES East satellite on June 27, 2018. For the past week, visible satellite imagery has shown a hazy, beige-colored cloud stretching from the west coast of Africa to the Caribbean Sea. Known as the Saharan Air Layer, this dry, dusty air mass forms over the Sahara Desert during late spring, summer and early fall, and typically moves westward over the tropical Atlantic Ocean every three to five days.”
Normally dust clouds from Africa don’t extend this far into the country but you should experience high allergies until mid-day Thursday, according to NORA reports.
Photo shows the dust cloud moving towards the United States, photo from NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory
According to AAFA allergies effect 50 million people world wide. And the 6th leading cause of chronic illness.
So if it feels a little dusty outside, it probably is, make sure you have your Claritin or Allegra. Dust is a irritant to just about everyone so if your extra sneezy this is why.
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