Sahara dusty storm sweeps across southern Oklahoma

Sahara dusty storm sweeps across southern Oklahoma
Those who saw fog in the air and reduced visibility this weekend were actually seeing dust from the Sahara Desert. Alex Zwink, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman, said the dust will likely stay for a day or two and could lead to some beautiful sunsets.

"Essentially, what we have is a very dry and dusty mass of air that forms over the Sahara Desert, which has brought all this dust over the Atlantic," Zwink said. “It generally grows above the sea, but in particular it was quite dense. It brought little strength to the United States, and it still holds up. "

Zwink said the dust storm could be seen from central Texas to southern Oklahoma, but it should be out of the region earlier this week.

In addition to dust, Zwink said the weather for the rest of the week seems typical for this time of year.

"It's almost summer in Oklahoma," Zwink said. "It's a 15-20% chance of thunderstorms throughout the week, and by the end of the week the temperature will gradually rise to the upper 90 degrees."

Jewink said today's high temperatures should range from the low 90s to the upper 80s, and temperatures could reach 95 or 96 degrees the following weekend.

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