Published On: Tue, Apr 18th, 2017

Dust from Sahara desert covers the ABC-islands

sahara-dustWILLEMSTAD – Dust particles from sand storms in the Sahara desert have blanketed sections of the Caribbean, including the ABC-islands, affecting air quality in the region.

Each year, Saharan dust storms pass through the region, usually in the spring and summer months.

This is according to the Meteorological Department of Curaçao (Meteo). Meteo indicates that the dust cloud is significant even when it comes to the quality of dust in the air.

“It’s basically high pressure across the Atlantic and all levels of the atmosphere that bring the dust in.”

The dust, which comes from the Sahara Desert, causes the skies around the region to be hazy, which reduces visibility and results in poor air quality.

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