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Tracking the Saharan dust plume: What to expect in Michigan

Dust plume could mean nice sunset, sunrise in Michigan

There is a Saharan dust plume heading for North America.

There are actually two plumes coming from Africa. One of them is over the Caribbean and it will eventually make its way north.

Saharan dust plumes as 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Saharan dust plumes as 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (WDIV)

Dust plumes from the Sahara are not unusual. This happens each June and July. This year, it’s noteworthy due to the size of the plumes.

Saharan dust plume over the Caribbean at 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Saharan dust plume over the Caribbean at 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (WDIV)

Right now, the plume in the Caribbean is heading toward the Gulf Coast. The plume will be allowed to move northward and move right over Michigan. The jet stream is expected to shift enough to allow the dust plume to move northward.

The jet stream should allow for the Saharan dust plume in the Caribbean to move northward starting June 25, 2020.
The jet stream should allow for the Saharan dust plume in the Caribbean to move northward starting June 25, 2020. (WDIV)

If the skies are clear in Michigan, this will allow the dust plume to create a very nice sunrise and sunset through the weekend and perhaps into early next week.

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