The Saharan plume arrives in our neighborhood

By on June 28, 2020


(NWS Newport/Morehead City, NC)

The North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources in Raleigh has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Fine Particulates, until midnight EDT tonight. The Alert is in effect for a region that includes the Outer Banks.

The Saharan desert plume (also known as the Saharan Air Layer) has traveled across the Atlantic Ocean and is impacting the North Carolina atmosphere. The large swath of Saharan dust is expected to create hazy skies and unhealthy breathing conditions where the dust is most concentrated. Airborne dust can irritate the eyes and the respiratory system, as well as aggravate or exacerbate chronic heart and lung diseases.

Air quality is expected to reach code orange, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups, and means individuals with respiratory and/or heart ailments, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.

An Air Quality Action Day means that Fine Particulates concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards. For additional information, please visit the North Carolina Division of Air Quality Web site at:

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  • hightider

    In the past, it was publicized that this plume carries fungal spores and bacteria. Just one more bad thing…

    Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:10 am