Hurricane explainer: Saharan dust cloud suppresses tropical development

CHARLOTTE — After a very active start to the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we are seeing a brief break in the activity.

The reason behind this is a big plume of dust in the Sahara Desert in Africa. The dust moves over the Atlantic Ocean and then the Caribbean Sea, suppressing any tropical development due to the dry nature of the air.

That is why we aren’t expecting any tropical development over the next week.

>> In the video at the top of this page, Meteorologist Ashley Kramlich explains how the dust cloud actually works to help keep the tropics quiet.

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