After a quick and active start to hurricane season, it looks like any significant tropical development is unlikely over the next week.
Its thanks to a significant area of Saharan Dust seen in satellite imagery blowing off the west coast of Africa.
Forecasting models show the dust moving across the tropics — the main areas of tropical development — and into the Gulf of Mexico by this time next week.
“Large plumes of Saharan Dust routinely track into the Atlantic Ocean from late spring into early fall,” she says. “Every so often, when the dust plume is large enough and trade winds set up just right, the dust can travel thousands of miles across the Atlantic and into the US.”
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