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The Sahara Desert Dust Hits In Puerto Rico

Updated on September 2, 2016
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A Gringo who moved to Puerto Rico, Greg loves writing about the island he now resides on. He and Maria also wrote several bilingual books...

For the last few days here on the island of Puerto Rico we have found it somewhat hard to breathe. I have discovered particles in my nostrils I have never felt before. The air has shown a haze and today as Maggie(Lastheart) and I did a bit of driving down near the beach in San Juan, we noticed the haze even worse than previous days. Was it pollution or just more rain moving in? I had to know. If anyone would know...Like Maggie would say...Just Google it. That is what I did; I Googled it.

My discovery is very, very interesting.

The air is flowing from miles away straight to us here in Puerto Rico. It's not pollution; well not man-made pollution anyway. It isn't rain.

The map below will show you where it is coming from.

Below the map are a few pictures of what we are experiencing. After looking, scroll down and I will explain more in depth.

From A To B

Western Sahara Desert:

get directions

Puerto Rico:
Puerto Rico

get directions

Beach looking To San Juan
Beach looking To San Juan | Source
Looking To The Yunque Rain Forest
Looking To The Yunque Rain Forest | Source
Looking toward Juncos, Puerto Rico
Looking toward Juncos, Puerto Rico | Source
Air Flow From Sahara Desert
Air Flow From Sahara Desert | Source

The Lowdown

It happens every summer from my understanding. Sandstorms happen in the Sahara desert in Africa. The winds whip the sand out to the Atlantic ocean and the air flow brings the sand straight to Puerto Rico.

My Maggie always talks about going to Africa and I have to laugh, because Africa is coming to her.

It is very advisable if you live or are visiting Puerto Rico to keep your nose and mouth covered when conditions are as today. Look at the photographs; do you see the haze in the background? It is sand. Thank God for many of the trees and plants that help to catch many of the particles.

I never had thought that by moving to Puerto Rico that I would be breathing African air, but it is so.

It has also come to my attention that even some of these fine particles of dust fly all the way to Florida in the United States.

What happens is the heavy sand drops into the ocean near Africa, but the real fine particles are lifted to 15,000+ feet in the air. It is hot air that creates this condition. Once they are up there, the wind just carries it a continent away across miles and miles of Atlantic ocean.

This is a phenomenon that seems quite impossible, but it happens. I am posting a few links to show you.

Yep, the Sahara Desert reaches Puerto Rico.

Honey, could you go feed and water the camel? I really need to go out and get some eggs and milk.

Froggy Needs To Take The Camel To The Store


Thanks Maggie, I'll bring you an ice cream cone, that is if Carlos our camel moves fast enough!

© 2012 Greg Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Wow, that is surprising since Cabo Rojo is in the Southwest. Try to not breathe too much in; it cannot be good for you. Thanks for visiting Oscar.

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      Oscar Diaz 

      5 years ago

      I'm here in Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico. The haze has been here for weeks, very thick . Eyes itching nose itching, sneezing and this is indoors. My car is so thick with dust in my driveway.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      7 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks to both of you and be careful breathing the stuff.

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      7 years ago

      South Florida, like Puerto Rico, definitely gets some of the fine Saharan sand as you have stated. Sometimes, when it enough of it falls, you can see a light coating of redish sand on white cars.

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      7 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      Very interesting hub. A lot of debris of various sorts seem to travel by whatever method it is able to other shores. ie:: Japans' tsunami debris is all over the place now!!! Have a blessed day!

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      7 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      On my way honey!!!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      It surprises me that this information is not explained like you have.

      This is wonderful...Africa around my flesh and into my lungs...I love being a boricua with destiny to my roots in Africa.

      Another great hub...did you get the barbecue stuff for tomorrow on that camel?


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