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How African dust is damping OUR hurricanes

Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa recently covered the Atlantic Ocean, the limit of the tropical activity.

(NOAA)

Residents along the US Gulf Coast were recently met with an unlikely sight.

Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa recently reached as far west of Houston, Texas, denying the hurricanes that the fluid or the fuel that they need to develop.

The substance contributes to a dry, sinking air mass suppressed storm and makes it hard for hurricanes to intensify, a senior scientist Chris Davis told Bloomberg. Davis is also deputy director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Here is a look at the Saharan dust moves northwards over the western Gulf of Mexico into portions of Deep South TX this morning! Only those with severe respiratory problems may be more sensitive to the quality of the air, otherwise, the effects are low. Let’s hope for a beautiful sunset! #RGVwx pic.twitter.com/YPKmHWtYs6

— NWS Brownsville (@NWSBrownsville) 30 June 2018

Saharan dust generally travel between 5,000 and 20,000 feet into the atmosphere, according to NOAA. The agency adds that the substance reached Florida and the Gulf Coast when the wind pushes the fabric are stronger than normal.

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Known as the Sahara air layer, the substance also helps restore nutrients in the Amazon rain forest as the sprinkles on the bottom that is often hit by flooding rains, according to NOAA.

The peak of the hurricane season in the Atlantic basin is from mid-August until the end of October. Many hurricanes that affect the U.S. mainland originated from West Africa as tropical waves.

Although Saharan dust is a major obstable for tropical development, storms can still form in adverse conditions.

As of this morning, Tropical storm Chris is stationary off the coast of North Carolina. While Chris is expected to strengthen into a hurricane, the current forecast track from the National Hurricane Center has the storm remaining offshore.
 

Joel Langstein is a Fox News College Associate. Follow him on Twitter via @joellangstein

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