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Paula
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While watching the tropical update on the Weather Channel yesterday Jim Cantore pointed out that there is such a large area of African dust coming off the coast that their weather satellite could pick it up. He said they've seen it that bad before and it had actually left dust on cars in Florida! Just wanted to let you who have respiratory ailments be aware of whats coming. Jim C. said the way the steering currents are taking it, it looks like it will go right across the islands, and it is huge. Good luck with it.

Paula

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Topic starter Posted : July 3, 2009 9:52 pm
islandjoan
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Scroll down to the middle of this page to see the radar on the sahara dust...alot coming!
http://www.stormcarib.com/goes.htm

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Posted : July 3, 2009 10:52 pm
speee1dy
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how long from now, my bf needs to get the mega inhaler for this one

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Posted : July 4, 2009 11:25 am
A Davis
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camel poop, anyone???

* take cover, and i don't envy anyone with respiratory problems right now! *

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Posted : July 4, 2009 1:25 pm
Paula
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Speee1dy-- not sure how long it will be before it's around the islands. Every time I try to catch the tropical update on the Weather Channel they have some Storm Story on or When Weather Made History or some other nonsense... Just give me the weather:-X! But yesterday they said it was just at the Cape Verde's-- so I'd think it would be a few days off.

Everyone talks about how it upsets your respiratory system. Three years ago we had a BAD upper respiratory thing going around here in Texas. I've never heard so many people coughing and hacking--- doctor's office full of people for several months. I came down with it in December, literally coughed day and night for Dec,Jan,Feb,March and April. I was on antibiotics, two types of inhalers,antihistamines, and prescription cough medicine that the Dr said I could make a fortune selling on the corner, but didn't faze The Cough. I practically lived at the doctor's office trying to figure out what to do to get rid of it. I felt sorry for my doctor-- he always had an office full of coughing people. Anyway, we flew on down to St Croix May1 where I coughed day and night the first week. The second week the Sahara dust came in so thick we couldn't see Hotel on the Cay from our place on Herman Hill at times and the wind completely died-- it was miserably HOT and I was still coughing. The third week I suddenly realized I wasn't coughing!!! I don't know if whatever bug got baked out of me, or it was the dust or what-- but I always say instead of making me sick, the Sahara dust cured me of the Dreaded Cough! (I'm not making light of people with respiratory problems, hope your bf isn't affected by it this time) After the D.C. I have all new respect for new mothers, partners of heavy snorers, anyone who can't get even five minutes of sleep before something wakes them up. Highly frustrating and exhausting.

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Topic starter Posted : July 5, 2009 4:11 am
Cheeseheads
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Is there typically any particular time of year that the dust is more likely to hit the islands? Or it just whenever it works it's way up from Africa?

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Posted : July 6, 2009 2:34 pm
Bombi
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The dust is here and it is very hazy on the east end of STX.

Cheeseheads, the dust mostly comes in the summer when the wind blows from the east south east. In the winter the prevailing wind is from the north northest ( the trades).

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Posted : July 6, 2009 2:53 pm
Jules
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You know that old saying "red sky in morning, sailors take warning..."

Maybe in the VI it should be "red sky in morning, asthmatics take warning 😀

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Posted : July 6, 2009 3:13 pm
piaa
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Another link.................

http://www.emc.ncep.noaa.gov/gc_wmb/dkim/web/html/dust_day.html

Pia

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Posted : July 6, 2009 4:47 pm
dntw8up
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I've never had asthma or allergies that caused breathing issues. I never had a problem with the Saharan dust. Until this summer. Now I can't believe I'm on a f@#$%g inhaler! :X

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Posted : July 6, 2009 5:11 pm
piaa
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http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=39154

Pia

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Posted : July 6, 2009 7:17 pm
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