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Saharan dust hits the Coastal Bend

Another wave due her by week's end
Posted at 11:27 AM, Jul 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 14:29:36-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — If you've been noticing a coating of dust on your vehicle this week, don't blame the rain we had last week.

The culprit this time is dust from the Saharan desert.

Around this time each year, dust from that desert on the African continent is picked up by wind currents.

Those winds carry the dust all the way across the Atlantic Ocean toward the Americas.

The first wave of Saharan dust hit the Coastal Bend on Sunday.

An even bigger wave of Saharan dust is expected to hit our area later this week.

It's mostly a nuisance but that dust can aggravate people's allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues.

So if you've stopped wearing your Covid 19 face mask, you might want to put it on again to protect you from the Saharan dust.