COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Huge African dust storm squashes Atlantic hurricane potential
Description: Africa sneezed, and the tropical Atlantic is choking. An intense, sprawling dust storm exited the African west coast earlier this week. Over the Atlantic ocean, the storm has formed a highly concentrated layer of atmospheric dust, known as the SAL (Saharan Air Layer). It is characterized by extremely dry air, which acts to suffocate the development of thunderstorms and the organization of tropical weather systems. [Source: Washington Post]
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Source: Washington Post
Publish Date: 7/31/2013
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