The Sahara Desert Dust Hits In Puerto Rico
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.
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
Sahara dust occasionally clouds Caribbean sky Oddly enough, the National Weather Service Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at some point most summers has to issue an air pollution alert for dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa. The dust...
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Thanks Maggie, I'll bring you an ice cream cone, that is if Carlos our camel moves fast enough!
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