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Dust Cloud Keeps Tropics Quiet

Dust Cloud Keeps Tropics Quiet

Don't expect much tropical activity in the Atlantic for at least a few days.  A huge dust cloud, made up of particles from the African desert, is stretching from the African coast to the Eastern Caribbean.  Meteorologist Dan Noah with the National Weather Service in Ruskin says that dust is keeping the atmosphere dry and tropical cyclones need moisture, among other things, to form.  Noah says even though the dust cloud is keeping the Atlantic quiet, keep in mind there's still plenty of hurricane season to go.  Tropical systems can also form in the Gulf of Mexico since the dust cloud hasn't extended there.  If the dust cloud does reach Florida, Noah says we could see some hazy days and beautiful sunsets, which they are likely experiencing in the Eastern Caribbean right now.

 

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