Large plume of Saharan dust reaches the Caribbean and South America

The second large plume of Saharan dust reached the Caribbean and South America on June 7, 2022, after a journey of more than 5 500 km (3 400 miles), as forecasted by Copernicus CAMS and confirmed by Sentinel-5p Aerosol index.

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Image credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-5p, ADAM Platform/Antonio Vecoli. Acquired on June 7, 2022
Saharan Air Layer June 7 2022 NOAA GOES-East
Image credit: NOAA/GOES-East, Zoom Earth, The Watchers

This mass of very dry, dusty air is called the Saharan Air Layer (SAL). It typically ramps in mid-June and subsides after mid-August.

The Saharan Air Layer has unique properties of warmth, dry air, and strong winds that can have significant moderating impacts on tropical cyclone formation and intensification.

Featured image credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-5P, ADAM Platform/Antonio Vecoli. Acquired on June 7, 2022


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