(CMR) The Cayman Islands National Weather Service said a surge of Sahara Dust would move across the country today but said no volcanic ash clouds are approaching.
The Wheather service was responding to a statement that the Cayman Islands will experience Sahara Dust and Volcanic Ash today.
“The Weather Service has been monitoring the situation with regards to both the Sahara Dust and the Volcanic Ash, and at this time we can say that we are tracking no Volcanic Ash clouds approaching the Cayman Islands,” the Weather Service said in a release.
The latest Official Volcanic Ash message at 8:03 am this morning speaks only of ash clouds in the far eastern Caribbean. To date, on this matter, the furthest west any ash cloud has moved is to Curacao in the south-central Caribbean, The Weather Service reported.
The Weather Service said it would continue to monitor this situation and inform the public of any threat.
Regarding the Sahara Dust, the latest Sahara Dust tracking by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology has indicated that a surge of Sahara dust will move across the Cayman Islands today.
However, The Weather Service noted that the forecast does not indicate the elevation where the Sahara dust is located. Generally, the Cayman Islands from time to time will be impacted by Sahara dust, but for the most part, the dust particles are usually suspended high in the atmosphere and not at the surface where it might produce breathing issues. Citizens with any respiratory issues should exercise caution, The Weather Service stated.