African dust heading toward U.S.

Satellite images show a large area of dust blowing off Africa and heading across the Atlantic toward the U.S.

Maybe you think our weather moves from west to east. That’s not always true. An east-to-west wind can carry dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa. 

Areas of dust circled in yellow on satellite image. 

The image above shows at least one large area of Saharan dust stretching across the eastern half of the Atlantic Ocean. It also appears there are two smaller areas of Saharan dust near and in the Gulf of Mexico.

The tweet below is great at showing the westward movement of the African dust.

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