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Sahara Desert Dust Cloud Set to Cause Air Quality Concerns

Jun 25th, 2020

by Alec Lower

Air quality across the southeast will be poor this weekend as an abnormally large dust cloud arrives.

Sahara Desert Dust Cloud Set to Cause Air Quality Concerns

Air quality across the southeast will be poor this weekend as an abnormally large dust cloud arrives.

The air quality in the southeastern United States may be in for a bit of a shock at the end of this week. A dust cloud from the Sahara Desert has made its way across the Atlantic Ocean and will be impacting Americans, particularly in Texas and across the southeast.

The cloud is an annual event, but according to experts, this is a particularly extreme iteration, and not likely to disperse very well, meaning there will be high concentrations of dust in the air contributing to poor air quality.

While it’s not a serious threat to health for most people, high concentrations of dust can cause irritation, and individuals with respiratory conditions such as asthma can be at greater risk of health complications as a result of the dust plume according to doctors. So be aware of your air quality this coming weekend. Here’s where you can check it.

Air quality risks are always present, especially in the warmer Summer months when grass pollen and mold spores are more present. What you may not know is that external factors like the Saharan Dust Plume can impact the air inside your home. The easiest form of protection is a pleated, high-quality air filter. Second Nature’s Catch All filter (a MERV 13 filter) is great at catching dust. Replacing your filter regularly and in key times like these can keep your family happy and healthy this summer.

Alec Lower
Alec Lower
Social Media and Content Specialist
After graduating from NC State, I joined Second Nature in the summer of 2018. I have always loved writing and enjoy blogging on subjects that are important to families and homeowners. Outside of work, I love to fish and am a huge college sports fan.