x

Dallas's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Dallas, Texas | WFAA.com

How Saharan dust will make North Texas sunrises, sunsets more colorful this weekend

This dust, which has traveled across the Atlantic, could also impact people with sensitive respiratory systems.

DALLAS — People across North Texas may notice more colorful sunrises and sunsets through the weekend. And those with a sensitive respiratory system may experience some issues. 

That's all due to Saharan dust that has traveled across the Atlantic to reach the skies in the Caribbean and North Texas.

RELATED: 'Abnormally large dust cloud' making 5,000-mile trek across Atlantic towards US

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this is called the Saharan Air Layer. It forms a mass of very dry, dusty air and moves over the Atlantic every three to five days. 

The Saharan Air Layer is most active from mid-June to Mid-August. During the peak period, some outbreaks are known to reach further west, NOAA says, as far as Texas.

For the most part, the dust creates a very hazy sky and spectacular sunsets.

Over the Atlantic and Caribbean, it will reduce the development of any tropical storms or hurricanes.

Dust will be in North Texas skies on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

RELATED: Summer starts Saturday! Here's what weather forecasters expect across the US

Download the WFAA app to check one of our dozens of local radars near you, as well as the latest forecast, cameras and current conditions.