Saharan dust coming to southern Illinois - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Saharan dust coming to southern Illinois

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WSIL -- A large plume of African dust is heading towards the United States, and could hit our area as soon as this weekend.

It's fairly common for dust to be picked up by wind storms as they cross the Sahara Desert in Africa. That dust gets lofted into the atmosphere and remains suspended high above the ground by strong upper level trade winds.

These winds are so strong, they can blow the dust across the Atlantic Ocean and sometimes, it reaches the U.S. 

Meteorologist Nick Hausen forecasts the dust will likely get here Sunday and may cause a haze in the skies. It can also impact those with breathing issues.

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