African dust storms double air particle concentration in Texas

Average air concentrations of inhalable particles more than doubled in Houston, Texas following a major Saharan dust storm, a study has found.

Researchers were able to isolate air contaminants in the United States during the spread of African dust and then quantify their concentration within the air.

The spread of airborne dust particles is an important health factor for asthmatics and people with respiratory problems.

The research also has implications for weather forecasting, as African dust storms are associated with the generation of hurricanes.

Read more at University of Houston, University of Miami