Saharan dust cloud could stifle Atlantic hurricanes


What’s left of former Tropical Storm Dorian could bring some thunderstorms to South Florida on Friday, but by the late weekend the Sahara Desert will demonstrate its vast reach, delivering drier, hotter, hazier weather.

“If you look at the satellite images you can see it. It’s just east of the islands going all the way back to Africa,” Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, told the Palm Beach Post.

Feltgen is talking about a thin gray ghost on black and white views of the Earth’s atmosphere — Saharan dust, which helps put the kibosh on hurricanes and creates deep red sunsets thousands of miles from its origins.

The hot, dry, dusty storms that roll off the desert can temper the formation of storms in the eastern Atlantic.

Click here for the report from the Florida perspective and click here for a report by on the science behind the dust storms.