How Dust From the Sahara Ends up in S. America
A giant dust cloud currently headed across the Atlantic
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2013 2:51 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Once or twice a week in late spring and summer, gusts of wind send dust from the Sahara Desert flying across the Atlantic Ocean, in what's known as the Saharan Air Layer. But a particularly concentrated dust cloud is currently midair, en route to land in Central and South America, potentially settling on urban cities like Caracas, Bogota, Panama City, Port-au-Prince, and San Juan this weekend, the Atlantic Cities reports. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a visualization of how the dust is expected to travel, and you can also follow it in real time.

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Aug 4, 2013 8:14 AM CDT
WOW: someone has really scraped the bottom of the news barrel...we need this news when there are so many other things that need to be maybe what if someone didn't have a legal and provable birth cert and that person was elected to high office or maybe someone was trying to get an "AGENDA" (or maybe 21 of them) into this nation or maybe someone was trying to get someone to ...say, not enforce our borders...etc etc...I mean, would anyone really do this....nahhhhhhh.....lets play golf on the dark side of the moon tommorrow...Really, forget about the fluff and about the REAL NEWS, NOT what some one calls news!
Aug 4, 2013 7:19 AM CDT
This is news? Sailors have known for centuries that winds blow westward across the South Atlantic and eastward across the North Atlantic. How do you people think Columbus sailed to America and returned to Europe? I realize this is a slow news day, but Newser must really be desperate to print this crap.
Aug 3, 2013 7:56 PM CDT
PBS recently was showing a nature series covering the earth and climate. NASA pictures show the dust and its fretilization of the Amazon rain forest and the bloom in the atlantic - we benefit from this transfer of phosphorus rich dust.