Air quality levels could also drop from moderate to unhealthy over southern and eastern Texas, according to Plume Labs. Those with respiratory issues are being urged to limit the amount of time they spend outdoors. Air quality levels could also drop from moderate to unhealthy over southern and eastern Texas, according to Plume Labs. "Dust, like any pollutant, can find its way farther north over time and it's possible some dust could work into the Great Lakes next week but it probably would not be very noticeable. "Certainly the dust episodes in the Caribbean have been more robust than normal due to the active jet," he said. Longer range forecasts show an easing in the amount of dust entering the atmosphere over the next week as the African Easterly Jet, which is responsible for triggering the potent storms that kick up the dust, is forecast to relax a bit, according to Kottlowski.

Dust is usually most noticeable when the skies are cloud free, according to Kottlowski. The dust is forecast to largely impact the Gulf Coast, but could push northward into the airspace above a few other states. AccuWeather lead tropical forecaster Dan Kottlowski said the African Easterly Jet has been stronger than normal and this has produced more dust. "Certainly the dust episodes in the Caribbean have been more robust than normal due to the active jet," he said.

AccuWeather and Plume Labs have a partnership that allows users to monitor the realtime air quality in a given location from the AccuWeather website or mobile app.

Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. The robust plume of dust, which was knocking on the southern door of the U.S. late Thursday, has been observed on satellite and felt by many in the Caribbean. Related video: Hazy skies cover the Gulf and Caribbean. Some dust could "barely" reach into Tennessee and southern Virginia, Kottlowski said. An official there told the Reporter-Telegram late Wednesday night that an upper-level wind pattern is likely to keep the massive dust cloud away from West Texas.

AccuWeather meteorologists have been tracking dust emerging from the Africa coast since April, but there has been an uptick in activity since around June 14. The dust is forecast to largely impact the Gulf Coast, but could push northward into the airspace above a few other states. The robust plume of dust, which was knocking on the southern door of the U.S. late Thursday, has been observed on satellite and felt by many in the Caribbean, where it left behind a thin coating on the ground in some areas. Related video: Hazy skies cover the Gulf and Caribbean. The sky turned hazy over the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and visibility was drastically decreased in some areas. Kottlowski said the thicker dust over the western Caribbean was moving northward into the southern Gulf of Mexico as of Thursday. "However, as this upper-level feature lifts northward, the dust should expand westward into the western Gulf of Mexico Thursday night and Friday and overspread eastern Texas and southern Louisiana. The NOAA's GOES satellite shows Saharan dust, the red-to-pink areas, moving closer to the Gulf of Mexico. NWS officials in Midland have kept track of the nearly 5,000-mile-long plume of dust since it blew off the African coast last week. BEAUMONT, Texas — A strong jet stream is bringing a large cloud of dry dust from the Sahara Desert across the Atlantic Ocean. Longer range forecasts show an easing in the amount of dust entering the atmosphere over the next week as the African Easterly Jet, which is responsible for triggering the potent storms that kick up the dust, is forecast to relax a bit, according to Kottlowski. In fact, a more national short-range forecast from the NWS called for “a strengthening Bermuda High that will allow a Saharan dust layer to progress into the Florida Peninsula and Gulf Coast in the coming days. The second round of dust is likely to dissipate faster, thanks in part due to stronger winds forcing it westward. The cloud is part of what's known as the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), which usually occupies a 2- to- 2.5-mile-thick layer of the atmosphere, with a base starting about 1 mile above the surface, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He added that the forecast does not call for high concentrations of dust to play a role in the overall weather pattern across the northeastern U.S. Those with respiratory issues are being urged to limit the amount of time they spend outdoors. "Eventually, all Gulf coastal states will experience hazier skies and lower visibility due to the Saharan dust during the next few days," he added. Some experts have described the approaching plume as the most significant event in the past 50 years and even referred to it as a "Godzilla dust cloud," according to The Associated Press. Dust is often pushed off the African coast during the early stages of Atlantic hurricane season, but the vastness of this episode has raised eyebrows. AccuWeather lead tropical forecaster Dan Kottlowski said the African Easterly Jet has been stronger than normal and this has produced more dust. Just this week, it floated across the Caribbean into the southern Gulf of Mexico, and now forecasters say it's expected to move inland over parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast through Saturday. This happens when dust storms take shape over the desert and dust is then elevated. The dust is forecast to largely impact the Gulf Coast, but could push northward into the airspace above a few other states. Dust is most commonly observed over the Atlantic into July before it becomes less of an issue later in the hurricane season. Dust from the Sahara Desert that has been pouring off the western coast of Africa and into the Atlantic has effectively put the Atlantic hurricane season on pause, with the exception of short-lived Tropical Storm Dolly, which formed on Tuesday in the North Atlantic. By Stewart Doreen, MRT.com/Midland Reporter-Telegram. Dust particles can produce vibrant sunsets and sunrises, but if there is too much of an accumulation, then those sunsets or sunrises can turn out dull. However, much of the storm will remain east of the Mississippi River, officials said. The robust plume of dust, which was knocking on the southern door of the U.S. late Thursday, has been observed on satellite and felt by many in the Caribbean, where it left behind a thin coating on the ground in some areas. AccuWeather and Plume Labs have a partnership that allows users to monitor the realtime air quality in a given location from the AccuWeather website or mobile app.

"A weakening upper-level trough over the Texas coast is helping to deflect the higher concentrated dust toward and into the northern Gulf coastal area," Kottlowski said. Sick of political text messages? The dust is forecast to be primarily concentrated over Gulf Coast states, but some could expand farther north into Oklahoma, Arkansas and eastward into Tennessee, Kottlowski said. "However, as this upper-level feature lifts northward, the dust should expand westward into the western Gulf of Mexico Thursday night and Friday and overspread eastern Texas and southern Louisiana. A storm system forming over Quebec this weekend will move southeast into Maine early next week and bring a wind flow out of Canada and not up from the tropics," he said.

NWS: West Texas to miss out on Saharan dust cloud, https://www.mrt.com/news/article/NWS-West-Texas-to-miss-out-on-Saharan-dust-cloud-15365991.php, Coronavirus cases head toward 200 this week, OPD: Man arrested cold case homicide investigation, Capital murder warrant issued in shooting death, Midlander seeks to trademark ‘Tall City High School', Trademark filing now part of Lee renaming issue. The robust plume of dust, which was knocking on the southern door of the U.S. late Thursday, has been observed on satellite and felt by many in the Caribbean. The sky turned hazy over the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and visibility was drastically decreased in some areas. "Eventually, all Gulf coastal states will experience hazier skies and lower visibility due to the Saharan dust during the next few days," he added. Those expecting to feel the effects of a Saharan dust storm in West Texas might be disappointed, according to the National Weather Service in Midland. AccuWeather meteorologists have been tracking dust emerging from the Africa coast since April, but there has been an uptick in activity since around June 14. A storm system forming over Quebec this weekend will move southeast into Maine early next week and bring a wind flow out of Canada and not up from the tropics," he said. The best chance for dust in the next few days might come from air pushed from the west, including New Mexico, which has been plagued by dry conditions. Dust is usually most noticeable when the skies are cloud free, according to Kottlowski. Kottlowski said there is a second large area of dust over the open Atlantic, but it seems less impressive than the first batch of dust currently approaching the U.S. Those expecting to feel the effects of a Saharan dust storm in West Texas might be disappointed, according to the National Weather Service in Midland.

Some experts have described the approaching plume as the most significant event in the past 50 years and even referred to it as a "Godzilla dust cloud," according to The Associated Press. The second round of dust is likely to dissipate faster, thanks in part due to stronger winds forcing it westward. Dust from the Sahara Desert that has been pouring off the western coast of Africa and into the Atlantic has effectively put the Atlantic hurricane season on pause, with the exception of short-lived Tropical Storm Dolly, which formed on Tuesday in the North Atlantic.