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Had you any idea that sand storms in Africa could be effecting tropical storms in the Caribbean? We didn’t, but apparently it’s true. The Saharan Air Layer (SAL), a very dry air-mass originating from the African continent, is so dry that it can inhibit the formation and/or intensification of tropical storms. That is a GOOD thing!

You can check out some real-time imagery of the SAL. And if that’s not enough to satisfy your thirst for weather-predicting info, there’s plenty more for you to view.

SAL

We like SAL, even though we’ve been told that the dust that ends up on our bimini originates from it.

12 Comments

  1. I remember the first time I was told that the haze in the air in the BVI was from the Sahara sand blowing across the ocean… unreal. Seems like it would be too far away but I guess it isn’t and there’s nothing between the two places to stop it.

  2. In the Med. almost every time it rains it leaves sand on the boat. Varnish needs to be wiped clean before it dries.

  3. I guess it’s better to have sand then heavy winds, waves, and a crowded anchorage!

  4. Now you know why the rain is pink!

  5. andy & sonja cru-zinacatamaran - Reply

    all the ‘fine” particals will keep traveling the way the wind/breeze blows, we are in New Zealand & have had the ash from the volcano in Chile & it went on over Australia & beyond to africa.

  6. Mike, I was on the multiple hull forum and was looking for someone to look at a boat for my wife Lori and i with no response. Except for mike who wrote the you might still be in the area. The boat is in granada . She is a priviledge 39′ lost or marbles, on the hard. We are looking to start the dream Soon

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