Saharan dust tracker 2021 today LIVE – Map shows South Florida will be hit by storm cloud that ‘will turn skies orange’

A HUGE “Saharan dust cloud” is hitting parts of Florida this weekend.

NASA is monitoring the dust cloud, which was swept off Africa by strong winds swirling across the deserts of Mali and Mauritania.

“It’s a scorcher out there,” NBC Miami meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin tweeted on Friday.

“The Saharan Dust that keeps the sky overcast and knocks out or rain chances also pops the humidity and makes it feel like about 100° across South Florida.”

According to NOAA, “Sunsets and sunrises take on more yellow and reddish hues because the low-angle sunlight passes through more of the atmosphere before it reaches your eyes.”

“A heavy load of dust in the atmosphere can enhance this effect, leading to longer-lasting, duskier colors that cause vivid sunsets and sunrises,” the outlet added.

Please read our Saharan dust storm live blog for more updates and the latest news

  • HOW FAR CAN SAHARAN DUST REACH?

    The dust kicked up from the Sahara Desert can travel far into North and Central America during peak season.

    From late June to mid-August, depending on other weather conditions, the dust activity may reach Florida, parts of Central America, and even Texas.

    The dust activity from the Sahara could sweep all the way into Texas

    The dust activity from the Sahara could sweep all the way into TexasCredit: Getty

  • HOW DO DUST CLOUDS FORM?

    Seasonal dust clouds, known as the Saharan Air Layer, typically occur from June to around mid-August.

    The clouds form when dusty air from the desert gathers into a mass and travels over the Atlantic Ocean.

    This creates a thick layer of dust in the atmosphere that can enhance the yellow and red hues in sunrises and sunsets, but can also lead to air quality issues.

  • EXPERTS DON’T EXPECT ‘GODZILLA’ DUST CLOUD

    Weather experts do not expect this year’s dust plume to be as massive as last year’s, which was nicknamed the “Godzilla dust cloud.”

    It was considered one of the biggest dust clouds in the past 50 years.

    The Godzilla cloud led to hazy skies and poor air quality in much of the southern US.

    Nearly 24 tons of dust from the Sahara Desert was carried to North and South America by wind last summer.

  • ENHANCED SUNSETS’ AND POOR AIR QUALITY

    Experts say that “dust season” will lead to “enhanced sunsets in the tropics,” according to AccuWeather.

    However, dust season could bring poor air quality along with it.

    As of Wednesday afternoon, some parts of southern Florida were already dealing with air quality issues.

  • WHERE DOES THE DUST COME FROM?

    The dust cloud is being kicked up by storms in Africa, but weather experts aren’t certain yet how big dust outbreaks will be.

    “There are a lot of thunderstorms across central and southwest Africa, indicating a very active east African jet which should bring more robust tropical waves into the Atlantic during the next couple of weeks,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

    “These features will bring more dust, but we can’t tell at this point whether there will be any mega dust outbreaks like we saw last year.

    “We will just have to wait and watch.”

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