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Elohi View, December 2020

Elohi View, December 2020

The December edition of our Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources newsletter is here! Elohi View, Vol. 1, Issue 4,...

Elohi View, September 2020

Elohi View, September 2020

The first edition of our Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources monthly newsletter, Elohi View, is here: Elohi View,...

Sahara dust plume coming to Cherokee

Sahara dust plume coming to Cherokee

A dust plume from the Sahara Desert will be arriving in North Carolina this weekend – look out for spectacular sunrises and sunsets! Our Air Quality team will be keeping an eye on their instruments, which should pick up some info on the concentration of “PM10” – dust-sized particles in the air. These particles can be inhaled and cause issues for people with asthma, allergies, or respiratory illnesses (including COVID-19), so please exercise caution and wear a mask or stay inside if you’re concerned. Fortunately, we’re expecting most of the dust to stay suspended high in the atmosphere, between 20,000 and 30,000 feet.