Published On: Fri, May 1st, 2015

Dusty Curaçao caused by Sahara sand

Saharan dust

11187769_673530422792575_5303706150594189448_oWILLEMSTAD - Saharan dust is a mixture of sand and dust from the Sahara, the vast desert area that covers most of North Africa.

As in other parts of the world, the wind can blow strongly over deserts, blowing up dust and sand high into the sky. The wind in the upper part of the atmosphere, then transports the dust in the direction in which it's travelling over the world, covering thousands of miles.

The Saharan dust can be distinguish from the dust we normally see in Curaçao, due to its reddish color. The Saharan dust decreases the visibility, and makes it thus difficult to look far away.

This Satellite picture shows the Saharan dust covering the Caribbean (including Curaçao), and parts of the Atlantic Ocean.

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