Dust Storms

iSeeChange: Deep Snow May Mean Deep Trouble

Feb 17, 2016
Amber Kleinman / iSeeChange

The skies have cleared up over the Western Slope lately, but a lot of snow fell on Colorado. That's good news for water supplies, but that might change, depending on how the desert storms hit in the spring.

Tee Poole via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA)

In late July, a massive dust storm in the Saharan Desert of Africa moved across the Atlantic, making for an interesting start to the hurricane season, or you could say a boring one. All that dust in the air essentially acted like a shield, fending off the sun and keeping the ocean cooler, which in turn has kept tropical storms from growing into hurricanes. This August is actually on track to be the first without an Atlantic Hurricane since 2002. Though that’s probably good news to people...