Saharan dust plume heads to US skies this weekend

first_imgABC NewsBy GINGER ZEE and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — The skies over the East Coast and South are going to be a bit dusty this weekend.A massive dust plume from the Sahara desert is already making its way through the southern part of the U.S. and will envelop cities between Texas and New York by Sunday.While the scope of the plume may seem large, it won’t produce a haboob — or low-level dust cloud — as the air layer will be between 5,000 and 20,000 feet in the atmosphere.Nevertheless, health experts say it still poses risks to people with respiratory problems. It can also cause sinus problems and itchy eyes, nose and throat for people who are sensitive to those symptoms.At the same time, the Saharan Air Layer will have a colorful effect on the horizon. The dust will affect the sunset and give the sky different shades of red during the end of the day.The Saharan Air Layer is transported westward by bursts of strong winds and tropical waves located in the central and western Atlantic Ocean. It typically peaks between June and August.The dust typically hits the Western Hemisphere every 3 to 5 days but it is usually in smaller encompassments. It also suppresses hurricane activity and development in the Atlantic Ocean.The dust plume covered the skies around the Caribbean earlier this week.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Harvard visits inspire Greenwood and Agassiz students

first_img“I’ve never seen a museum inside of a University,” said 10-year old Sabrina Ortiz from Boston Public School’s Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy standing inside the Harvard Museum of Natural History, “Its amazing and inspiring me to learn.”She summed up the goal of the Harvard visit with those final words.Ortiz was part of a group of 30 students from the Greenwood who visited Harvard University for a multi-faceted campus experience as part of Step UP’s “Science Across the Semester.”  The fourth grade students spent the whole school day on Harvard’s campus April 12.  The mission: to engage in an authentic college campus visit where science learning is highlighted.Like any other Harvard college student, these BPS children enjoyed lunch in Harvard’s historic, wood-paneled Annenberg Hall, They sat on the green outside Annenberg and learned first hand what college life is like from Jorge Pozo, a graduate student at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who also encouraged the students to achieve their dreams with his own personal story.They toured the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and later received four free passes to return with their families.  Then when they thought they had seen it all, the students took in the sights of the oldest college campus in the nation under the expert guidance of Harvard college students.“These exposures to college and campus science are a small example of what Harvard is doing through Step UP to support teaching and learning,” said Emily Barr, program coordinator at the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative. “It’s incredibly satisfying for us to watch their eyes light up  — to be part of an initiative that is providing opportunities for new experiences that will motivate these Boston Public School children.”The Greenwood field trip was one of a series of four Harvard Step UP visits on campus this April that gave 140 fourth and fifth graders at the Greenwood and Louis Agassiz Elementary Schools their first in-depth experience incorporating both college life and campus science.  Harvard participates in a range of early college awareness programs that bring a total of about 700 local children onto Harvard’s campus each year.Step UP is a collaboration among local universities and Boston schools that promotes student achievement. Harvard is a founding member of Step UP and has been offering after-school program support, learning materials, and professional development at the schools for the past four years.last_img read more


Robert Lewandowski eager to maintain goal-scoring run

first_img“It’s more important that we’ve won 5-0,” the Poland international said. “You always have to be thirsty for goals, and you have to be hungry to play better and achieve more. You can’t just think that you have achieved enough.”I always want more. No matter how many goals I have scored or will score, the most important thing always is that we as team pick up three points.”Lewandowski, who is averaging a goal every 22.5 minutes in his last three outings for Bayern, has picked up the baton from fellow Bayern attacker Thomas Muller.Muller had scored six goals in his opening four Bundesliga games as well as a brace in the 3-0 Champions League win over Olympiakos on Sept. 16, but he has not scored in his four appearances since.Referring to Lewandowski’s recent goal-scoring success, Muller joked: “Hebought my run off me!”He does a great job, and should he continue like that it’s just great for the team and the club. We have to continue to play him into positions. He’s certainly in good shape right now.” Muller has credited summer signing Douglas Costa for the Bayern attack’s impressive record this season.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more