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


Vermonter to testify before House Committee on Energy and Commerce

first_imgAt the invitation of Rep. Peter Welch, Regulatory Assistance Project Director Richard Cowart will testify Thursday before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.The East Calais resident will be taking part in the first week of hearings on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, a major climate change bill which includes legislation authored by Welch aiming to increase energy efficiency by 20 percent.Cowart, a former commissioner and chairman of the Vermont Public Service Board, will emphasize the critical role energy efficiency can play in addressing climate change while contributing to cost containment for consumers. The world needs us to get control of our greenhouse emissions, but people are worried about the costs of climate legislation. I m delivering good news: we can design a carbon cap-and-trade program to support and reward energy efficiency, which is the low cost carbon scrubber we need today, Cowart said.Welch s Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) Program would provide resources to homeowners and small business owners to retrofit millions of existing buildings an effort that would create jobs, save money on energy costs and contribute to combating climate change. Welch introduced the REEP Act in March; the legislation was subsequently incorporated into the American Clean Energy and Security Act. Vermont s leadership in achieving savings through energy efficiency will be a resource for the country as it begins to take on significant climate change legislation, Welch said. I am pleased Richard Cowart will bring his knowledge and expertise to this important debate.Source: Congressman Welchlast_img read more


Ramp Closures rescheduled through Monday in I-74

first_imgWest Harrison, IN —INDOT has announced ramp closures have been rescheduled on I-74 EB at U.S. 52 (Exit 169) in Dearborn County for this Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Closures will be in place from 8 am to 4 pm each day for mainline milling and paving.The I-74 EB exit ramps to and from U.S. 52 in Dearborn County (Exit 169) will be closed from 8 am to 4 pm Thursday for mainline milling and paving. Ramps at the WB exit will remain open, but have reduced width due to shoulder paving. Please slow down and use extra caution in the area.last_img


Mourinho moving closer to Man Utd appointment

first_imgIt’s understood a draft contract is being drawn up by the club.There had been reports that a deal was in place to make sure Mourinho didn’t take a job somewhere else ahead of the decision to sack Louis van Gaal – which was confirmed last night. Elsewhere, captain Robbie Keane trained with the rest of the Republic of Ireland squad at the open session in the Aviva this morning. James Mc Carthy and Ciaran Clark sat out the session.McCarthy is carrying a groin and thigh injury but it’s not yet known what the issue with Clark is.Ireland face Netherlands this Friday at the Aviva in our second last Euro 2016 warm up.last_img