This would be the hood of my car, some 30 minutes AFTER I picked it up from the car wash. It seems we’ve got sand in the atmosphere. Every time I was my car, which is rarely, it is followed by a sand shower.
|Hood of my car with buildings reflecting|
Useless to wash anything outdoors now, for the past 4 days it’s been layering the city with a very fine dust. You don’t really notice (other than that the visibility is very poor and the sky is extremely bright, but you do not see the sun), until it rains; sand showers.
We’re somewhere on the outskirts of this cloud of dust . This one, coming from our southern neighbors, shows it even better,
There’s a whole science in ‘atmospheric mineral dust’. Most of it comes from the North African and Arabian and Syrian deserts.
'More than 89% of the total annual dust is accumulated between December and May, the ‘high dust season’ (. . .) Dust-fall has beneficial effects on the soil as a source of nutrients. In addition, suspended dust plays an important role in neutralizing acid rain in the region.' (from this source.)
So don't bother washing your car of your balcony or your windowns the coming day. We've got dust till friday.