So what’s going on?
- As I wrote about last week, there’s a massive Saharan dust plumeheading toward the United States from the Caribbean. It will be the end of a 5,000-mile journey from Africa to the United States.
- The plume of duststarted in the Sahara desert.
- The thick plume of dust is the thickest its been in history, accumulating size in the late spring. Normally, the dust gains size as it moves over the Atlantic Ocean.
- The dust will create impressive sunrises and sunsets across the country. There may be added air particles in the air, too.
Why is it called Godzilla?
So what’s behind the nickname? Well, here’s a good explanation, according to Forbes:
- “It’s an unusually large cloud, nicknamed Godzilla because it’s potentially the largest such cloud in 50 years.”
- “Godzillais not the cloud’s official name. It’s technically called the Saharan Air Layer because it’s a traveling layer of air with stuff originating from the Saharan Desert. Winds whipped up particulate matter from the Desert in North Africa, depositing it into the cloud, so to speak. This dust in the wind is a relatively regular (often yearly) occurrence.”
- “You may not have had Godzilla dust cloud on your 2020 Bingo Card. But here we are. The massive traveling dust cloud could affect air quality, similar to the way air pollution would, but it’s not going to be a disaster.”