The Saharan Dust Cloud Is Coming To North Carolina & Bringing Beautiful Sunsets With It
Time to break out that camera!
The sunsets along the mountain tops in The Tar Heel State are something you must see at least once in your life. If you thought the picturesque skyscapes couldn't get any better, just wait until this weekend. The Saharan dust cloud is on its way to North Carolina and could create some of the most beautiful sunsets out there.
While this might seem to be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, it actually happens every year, but for some, this might be a new sight.
ABC 11 reports that this dust from the Sahara travels anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 miles from Africa to the Caribbean, but now it's floating up the South Eastern Coast.
So how exactly can a cloud of dust create mesmerizing sunsets that almost look like they were painted by?
The Saharan Air Layer, or SAL, particles reflect the sun's rays to give off a deep red-orange hue to make those gorgeous sunsets worth breaking out your phone or the ol' camera for.
Another unique aspect of the dust cloud is that it can potentially.
This is due to the air being very dry with colder air trapped below the warmer air higher in the atmosphere, preventing the humidity needed to fuel a storm. This may cause a pause or reduce storm formation, or weaken the intensity of those that do manage to take shape.
According to a Facebook post from WRAL Weather on June 22, "If current trends persist the dust appears substantial enough to dim our incoming sunlight."
Rainy evenings would affect your viewing of a one-of-a-kind sunset, however, because the dust will wash away.
A few other southern states that will get a little taste of this dust include, Texas, Tennessee, and even the potential for Mexico to be in the mix.