Air pollution in paradise

image from seestjohn.com

Photo courtesy of Gerald Singer's blog

St. John is just like the Magic 8 Ball says, "The outlook is hazy."

In a sure sign that spring is here, the air has turned dusty and gray throughout the Virgin Islands.  The immediate cause is a volcano in Montserrat, throwing debris into the air.  At the same time, wind currents from Africa are blowing sand from the Sahara Desert the island's way.

The volcano is not erupting; it's just kind of coughing, clearing accumulated ash and spitting it into the air, as much as a mile above sea level.  

The hazy air is likely to last through the weekend, according to a National Weather Service meterologist, quoted by the St. John Source.

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