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Saharan Air Layer moving over the Carribbran on June 22.

A "massive" cloud of dust from the Saharan Desert is making its way toward the U.S., according to NASA, and may show up in Texas this week.


The dust is likely to affect air quality, but will also suppress tropical storms and make sunsets and sunrises more vivid.


The "Saharan Air Layer" is a common occurrence at this time of year, but the cloud currently darkening skies in the Caribbean is reportedly the "thickest in decades."

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "The Saharan Air Layer has unique properties of warmth, dry air, and strong winds that can have significant moderating impacts on tropical cyclone formation and intensification."

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