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Tropical Storm Dorian (2013)

Saharan dust discouraging tropical storm formation as hurricane season peak nears

Saharan dust discouraging tropical storm formation as hurricane season peak nears

The peak of hurricane season is approaching later this month, but storm activity in the middle of the Atlantic is unlikely to develop during the first half of August because of a massive cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert moving across the ocean.

Satellite images from earlier this week (shown above) revealed a burst of dust blowing westward off of Africa. NASA Global Hawk aircraft were scheduled to explore the dust further on Tuesday.

Saharan dust can significantly discourage tropical cyclone formation in the Atlantic, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists. It typically brings dry air that is not conducive to storm development, and some...

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