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The Saharan Air Layer is a mass of very dry, dusty air that forms over the Sahara Desert during the late spring, summer, and early fall, and moves over the tropical North Atlantic every three to five days. Saharan Air Layer outbreaks usually occupy a 2 to 2.5-mile-thick layer of the atmosphere with the base starting about 1 mile above the surface. The warmth, dryness, and strong winds associated with the Saharan Air Layer have been shown to suppress tropical cyclone formation and intensification (Source: NOAA AOML).

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Source: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Current Saharan Air Layer (Africa Focus)

Current Saharan Air Layer (Americas and Caribbean Focus)

Natural Colour (Africa Focus)

Natural Colour (Americas and Caribbean Focus)

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