Saharan Dust coming to Central Florida: What is it? What does it do?

These tiny dust particles travel in the Saharan Air Layer from Africa

Saharan Air Layer: What does it bring to Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Saharan Dust plumes are common during this time of the year. These tiny dust particles travel for thousands of miles through what is known as the Saharan Air Layer (SAL).

Moisture is not absorbed by the particles, but the heat is trapped in the levels where the moisture is, preventing the air from rising, inhibiting storm development. The descending hot particles tend to bring very hot temperatures when present.

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There is still lots of research being done about how exactly Saharan Dust acts around a tropical cyclone. Usually big, strong storms can fight off the dust, but weaker storms, or if they are not well defined, struggle to survive if dust particles are present.

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