Sunset

Should any part of the Saharan dust cloud reach Pennsylvania, it is likely to cause vivid sunsets, perhaps even more colorful than this one captured over Rock City hill.

Move over murder hornets, it’s time for the Saharan dust cloud to take the stage.

Dust clouds themselves are a normal summer occurrence, though the plume currently travelling over the Carribean is said to be the largest recorded in over 50 years.

While some areas, such as the Carribean islands, may experience poorer air quality due to the dust cloud, Steve Travis, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College, said it’s very unlikely the dust cloud will even make it to Pennsylvania.

“Most of the projections are that the dust will stay south of Pennsylvania,” explained Travis. “If we were to get brushed by some of the dust or just on the fringe of it, it could give us some colorful, vivid looking sunrises or sunsets.”

Travis noted the dust cloud will most likely begin to taper off once it reaches the Carolinas and possibly Virginia.

For those interested in seeing if our area is impacted, the dust cloud will be closest to Pennsylvania on Sunday and Monday, which will both be sunny days, with highs in the low 80s. Additionally, both nights will be mostly clear, with a low around 54 degrees.

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