DAILY TROPICAL UPDATE: Large cloud of African dust spreading into the Gulf


HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) —

A large African dust cloud now stretches from the Sahara Desert all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Meteorologist Travis Herzog says the swath of dry, dusty air is usually a signal that activity in the deep tropics will be minimal for the next couple of weeks. Currently, the National Hurricane Center shows no tropical development over the next five days.

This dust cloud should blow into Houston Friday, turning the sky a hazy gray for the weekend. Allergies and asthma may also flare up in sensitive individuals.

Water temps in the main development region remain well below normal, and last week’s tropical rains in the Gulf have cooled off water temps there as well. Travis says the water temps are already warming in the Gulf and should soon be back above normal.

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