J3478 : Sahara dust, Belfast - April 2014(1)

taken 5 years ago, near to Greencastle, Whitehouse, Cliftonville, Skegoneill and Whitehouse Lower, Northern Ireland

Sahara dust, Belfast - April 2014(1)
Sahara dust, Belfast - April 2014(1)
The inbound lanes of the M2 at Fortwilliam. The visibility was well below normal.
Sahara dust smog, Belfast (April 2014)
The effects (mainly smog, dust settled on vehicles and difficulties for asthmatics) of the wind-carried dust from the Sahara Desert have made news in the last few days (April 2014). The worst has been in parts of England although there were media reports of the material in NI. Today’s “Independent” recorded “Saharan dust and record levels of air pollution will continue to plague the UK today, leading experts to advise schools to keep children indoors in the worst affected parts of England. A perfect storm of dust from the Sahara, emissions from the Continent, low south-easterly winds and domestic pollution has caused air quality to plummet while pollution levels soar in England and Wales. The smog-like conditions are forecast to remain until Friday [4 April 2014]”. The dust is explained in this link LinkExternal link.
The photographs submitted by me show what might be Sahara dust. I am not a scientist or meteorologist and it’s quite possible that I am completely wrong.
Fortwilliam roundabout, Belfast :: J3477
Fortwilliam roundabout (Jct 1) on the M2 connects the motorway to the Shore Road and, via the Dargan Road to Belfast harbour and the surrounding commercial area. It is busy during working hours but quiet at the weekends.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 3 April, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 3 April, 2014
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Roads, Road transport  Air, Sky, Weather 
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Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 344 780 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.9467N 5:55.1490W
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Irish: geotagged! J 344 777
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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Motorway  M2 (Northern Ireland)  Mist  Smog  Sahara Dust 

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