Find out what it means when Sahara dust floats into Texas

Monday, July 11, 2016
See how dust travels from Africa to Texas
Tim Heller explains how dust from the Sahara Desert affects Houston.

The sky over southeast Texas has been slightly hazy the last few days.

That's dust from the Sahara Desert! Upper level winds are carrying plumes of the dry, dusty air across the Atlantic Ocean into southeast Texas.

Those who suffer from respiratory problems could be irritated by the dust.

The dust is good for one thing: It keeps the tropics quiet!

There's a lack of significant development in the Atlantic basin right now. And that's good, because water temperatures are warm enough to support tropical development should something develop.

Keep your eye on the tropics this season using the interactive weather map on the hurricane page.