I've been to the beach many times, but have never returned with this much beach sand residue on my car. There was a good reason for it this time, but is wasn't for THAT reason. Nearly 7,000 miles away, dust particles from the Sahara desert made their way to the Florida panhandle, and they followed us home Tuesday.
Because strong upper level winds coming from the east, it lifted the African dust, and pushed it west into the Atlantic. This week's Gulf Coast arrival combined the Sahara sand dust, PLUS the high winds to go with it. I noticed this in Destin while I was there. The rip current red flags on the beach were flying straight out, and some waves as high as 6 feet were crashing.
Here in BR, we now have our share of African dust flying, and allergy specialist Dr. James Kidd says it’s imperative we limit the time we spend outside. Otherwise, there'll be a whole lot of sneezing and sniffling going on. “Staying indoors is the best thing, if you stay indoors you pretty much will avoid it,” he said. If you have to stay outside for periods of longer than 2 hours, Kidd advises that you wear a mask.
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