A Giant Sahara Dust Storm Traveled Across The Atlantic: A Taste of Africa.

Rich dust from the Sahara fertilize faraway lands across the oceans and seas. To many, this supersize dust storm is a mixed blessing.  It’s a curse because it blocked out visibility of airports in its path. It’s a blessing because the sand if moisturized is highly suitable for growing crops.

It begins in the Sahara, where wind storms levitate enormous plumes of desert dust thousands of feet above the surface of the Earth. There, in camel-colored clouds of dust thousands of miles long head out cross the global, the dust hitchhikes on trade winds blowing west, across the Atlantic Ocean and sweeping through the Caribbean Sea on into the Gulf of Mexico onto many states in the South and Southeastern US. It traveled up the eastern seaboard into New England states. The main impacts are a whitening of the sky during daylight hours, redder sunsets, and decreased air quality.

Here, in New York, I don’t know was it forecast to hit here but it did,  the scent of the air took on a strange but appealing, rich earthly  fragrant,  a scent I never smelt before. I thought all dust smelled the same, having never been to the Sahara…I would not know that. But I discovered today that not all dust the same. The best I can describe it was the scene of a perfume called Sand and Sable but much richer than any perfume or dust I ever smelt. it said the last time this happened was about fifty years ago. Something akin to it happened in February 1828 but on a much intense level.

Don’t worry, I was wearing a mask and a bandana. I never leave the house without them.  🙂



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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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4 Responses to A Giant Sahara Dust Storm Traveled Across The Atlantic: A Taste of Africa.

  1. Bredan says:

    Here the moon have a pinkish red tint.

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  2. Alisha says:

    The year 2020 is having a hard time? The dust plume originated in Africa earlier this year. The duststorm is the densest it’s been in 50-60 years. When a combination of weather factors led to dust kicked up by storms in central and west Africa gathering into a dense plume, which was pushed about 5,000 miles toward the US.

    It’s normal for Saharan dust to reach the US every hurricane season, but this year’s cloud is historic, forecasters said. Georgia health officials say the dust is the densest it’s been in 50-60 years.

    Air quality alerts related to the dust are posted across portions of the Ohio River Valley, mid-Atlantic and Southeast, CNN meteorologists said Sunday.

    The dust can cause eye, nose and throat irritation and those with allergies or asthma may experience wheezing.

    A large desert dust plume from the Sahara desert in north Africa is closing in on the United States. The cloud—which has been called the Gorilla Dust Cloud—forms annually but is significantly larger this year.


    Oh! I heard there’s another one coming right behind it. Here’s some more sand for your eyes. Gee! What’s next?

    On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 9:33 PM

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