This one is a repost from March 2007. I thought it would be good because today when I got up and look outside there was a blanket of African dust over Antigua. In fact, it’s so thick that I can hardly see Jumby Bay, Long Island. I don’t know how long this one will last but the photographers won’t be so happy today. If you would like to learn more have a read of the following old blog post:
I suppose it will take more time and study to find out all the negative effects of this increase in african dust, but there is at least one positive result. Kind of… Using satellite imagery, the NAOAA people predict when we in the Caribbean will get “african dust surges”, and we actually know days in advance when it will be hazy. This is an image of dust coming off Africa.
Other issues that you may not think about which are due to the dust have to do with the mess it makes. My boats are covered in brown clay like dust after weekends like this. I know that we will have to clean them tomorrow morning because of this hazy weekend.
My eyes have given me more and more problems over the past few years and i sometimes wonder if it’s due to all the time i spend in the outdoors in contact with this increased dust. According to several studies, an increase in certain diseases can also be attributed to african dust. Great!…another thing to worry about right? If you are one of those people interested or worried about germs…check this out:Sorry:) There is another interesting health report on This one too.
Anyway, there is a hell of a lot interesting info to digest on the whole “Sahara dust” topic and i hope you found it as interesting as i said it would be. It’s a good thing it’s not all negative though. That thing about the hurricanes is gonna make me sleep better in the summer. One of the other cool things that can happen as a result of the dust is the sunsets.