(CMR) As the hazy skies seen across the Caribbean begin to clear, meteorologists have warned that a second wave of the Saharan dust may be on its way.
According to the National Hurricane Center's Tropical Analysis, a new SAL (Saharan Air Layer) has emerged off of North Africa and is moving toward the Caribbean.
Meteorologist suspect that the next dust wave could arrive as early as Monday (June 29).
While Saharan dust plumes are not new in the region, the latest incident has been the densest concentration of the dust seen in over five-decade.
The dust was so thick across the Caribbean that it darkened the skies and reduced visibility to only a few miles.
The thickness was also visible to Astronauts living on the International Space Station (ISS) who got a good view of it.
“We flew over this Saharan dust plume today in the west central Atlantic. Amazing how large an area it covers, ” Tweeted Col. Doug Hurley, a NASA Astronaut.
We flew over this Saharan dust plume today in the west central Atlantic. Amazing how large an area it covers! pic.twitter.com/JVGyo8LAXI
— Col. Doug Hurley (@Astro_Doug) June 21, 2020