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Sahara Dust cloud headed for Dominican Republic

The National Weather Office (Onamet) has reported that rain showers will continue nationwide. But the bigger weather news is that the hot days are on their way. In the same way that hurricanes move west from Africa, a gigantic cloud of Sahara sand, dirt and dust is headed our way, says meteorologist Jean Suriel.

The cloud is over the Atlantic Ocean making its way to the Caribbean and expected to enter the Dominican atmosphere by this coming Tuesday, 26 September, and remain over Dominican skies for the following give days.

On the positive side the Sahara Dust reduces the possibility of the formation of tropical storms in the Atlantic and rainstorms and the nutrient-rich dust is considered beneficial for farming. The mineral dust fertilizes aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Studies have shown that the dust is rich in phosphorus, and also contains potassium and calcium.

On the negative side, the Sahara dust clouds encourage of the formation of algae in the oceans, and bring high temperatures, respiratory, eye and skin allergies, in addition to dry skin and cracked lips.

Source: DR1, Elcaribe

Sep 26, 2017

Category: DR News |

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