Saharan Dust arrives in South Louisiana


A plume of Saharan Dust has officially arrived in South Louisiana.


If you notice hazy skies on Thursday, it’s because there are dust particles starting to move in from the Gulf of Mexico and they are thousands of feet above the surface. If we can get breaks in the clouds Thursday evening, we could see a colorful sunset.

Higher concentrations of the dust particles will move into Louisiana on Friday before lifting to the north and east starting on Saturday and Sunday. The dust will likely lead to lower rain chances on Friday, but we will not be completely rain-free.

The Saharan Dust will cause vivid sunrises and sunsets, a hazy/milky sky, a milky color to precipitation, and lower air quality.

If you suffer from allergies, the dust will likely aggrevate your sinuses.

If you have respiratory illnesses, your best bet would be to avoid outdoors as much as possible, mainly on Friday and Saturday.

Keep in mind, this is a common occurrence. Dust concentrations just may be higher than previous years.

If you have pictures of hazy conditions, sunrises, and sunsets, be sure to send them our way via Facebook, Twitter, or, or you can personally email Meteorologist Ashley Ruiz at

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