The dust or sand storm recorded from the Sahara Desert, which travelled up to 5,000 miles to reach the Caribbean, is approaching the United States in a way that everyone describes as “biblical”.
The so-called “Gorilla Dust Cloud” travelled through much of the Caribbean and now passes through several US locations such as Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida, all of which record greyish, almost white skies and an unusual sunset.
The dust concentration is also expected to become only slightly denser during its passage along the west coast this weekend.
As the dust crosses the Atlantic, “it usually occupies a 2 to 2.5-mile-thick layer of the atmosphere with its base starting about 1 mile above the surface,” NOAA hurricane researcher Jason Dunion says.
The amount of dust that was recorded in the Caribbean hampered the sight of many and caused high alerts of being harmful to health, so the experts recommended that everyone should be locked up.
The sand layer was so dense that satellite photos from space captured impressive moments.
The appearance of this one in the U.S. is not at all rare because it is called “The Saharan Air Layer (SAL)” which is produced when the atmosphere is hot, dry and loaded with dust that is superimposed on the colder air coming from the Atlantic, however it surprised many scientists and researchers.
The Bible refers to an event similar to this one, where Jehovah “will rain dust and ashes on the earth” until they perish because of the disobedience of a people.
Would these be the times of disobedience and God allows these events to “cleanse” the earth?
“The LORD will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed.” – Deuteronomy 28:24
The ongoing Saharan #dust outbreak across the tropical Atlantic is *by far* the most extreme of the MODIS satellite record — our most detailed, continuous record of global dust back to 2002. Daily MDR AOD of 1.66 shatters previous daily record of 1.13 set July 31, 2013. #SAL pic.twitter.com/yv2VW9LUYO
— Michael Lowry (@MichaelRLowry) June 24, 2020
We flew over this Saharan dust plume today in the west central Atlantic. Amazing how large an area it covers! pic.twitter.com/JVGyo8LAXI
— Col. Doug Hurley (@Astro_Doug) June 21, 2020