As Saharan dust settles into the Austin area, hazy skies and allergic reactions have become a common occurrence for Central Texans. However, there's no need to suffer in discomfort. The Austin Salt Room offers a solution to combat the symptoms caused by these dust storms. With its healing properties and top-tier air quality, the Austin Salt Room provides a sanctuary where you can find relief from allergies and respiratory conditions. Take charge of your well-being this weekend and experience the transformative benefits of salt therapy. Book online or call for walk-in availability at the Austin Salt Room!
Dr. Hetu Parekh, an allergist for Austin Regional Clinic, highlights the impact of Saharan dust on individuals, especially those with asthma or respiratory conditions. He explains, "Specific symptoms include itchy, red, watery, irritated, swollen eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, postnasal drip, sinus pressure, and for asthma sufferers, chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing." Dr. Parekh further emphasizes the importance of prevention to avoid experiencing symptoms.
Understanding the Saharan Air Layer
The Saharan Air Layer, a dry and dusty mass of air that forms over the Sahara Desert during late spring and summer, travels in cycles over the tropical North Atlantic Ocean every few days. Jason Dunion, a weather expert with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), explains, "This can make for some very hot and humid days in Texas, even though there might be dry Saharan air about 1 mile overhead, it is usually still very humid and sticky down at the surface."
The phenomenon of Saharan dust reaching Central Texas is not a recent occurrence. According to Dunion, this cyclical process has likely been happening for thousands of years. He notes, "What's very interesting is the rhythmic ramp-up of Saharan dust outbreaks in the spring and ramp-down around mid-August that we see each year. Mother Nature is like clockwork."
Research Efforts by NOAA
National Oceanic and Atomspheric Administration (NOAA) has undertaken groundbreaking research to better understand and predict tropical cyclone genesis while studying the Saharan Air Layer. These missions involve flying Hurricane Hunter aircraft from the Cabo Verde islands in Africa. Dunion explains, "The goal of these missions is to improve forecasts of tropical cyclone genesis and to improve our understanding of the phenomenon and how the Saharan Air Layer can suppress the formation and intensity of storms." By conducting research in the "hurricane nursery" over Africa, NOAA's efforts contribute significantly to forecasting and understanding hurricane patterns. More than half of the named storms and approximately 80%-85% of major hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean originate from this region.
Experience Relief at the Austin Salt Room
Amidst the challenges posed by Saharan dust storms, the Austin Salt Room offers a haven of rejuvenation. Embrace the healing power of salt therapy and escape the discomfort caused by allergies and respiratory conditions. The purity of the salt-infused air, coupled with the top-tier air quality, provides a transformative experience for guests seeking wellness and relaxation.
Book your salt therapy session at the Austin Salt Room today and take control of your respiratory health. Clear your airways, relieve allergies, and rejuvenate your well-being in the heart of Austin. Don't let the Saharan dust storms hold you back—experience the healing benefits of salt therapy this weekend!
Cutshall, Amanda. (2023). Saharan dust brings hazy skies, allergies to Austin area. Community Impact. https://communityimpact.com/austin/southwest-austin-dripping-springs/weather/2023/07/06/saharan-dust-brings-hazy-skies-allergies-to-austin-area/ 6 July 2023