HOUSTON – Hurricane season kicked off on June 1st, but so far there have no major calls for alarm in the Atlantic.

There’s no storms, there’s not even disturbances that look like they’ll become storms,” said Dan Reilly, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service Houston office.

“The dust tends to correspond with those stronger winds aloft,” said Reilly.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “the dust sits in a hot and dry layer of the atmosphere that is directly above cooler and more humid air above the Atlantic Ocean…The hot, dusty air puts a stop to any thunderstorms that may develop in the moist layer beneath it.”

Saharan dust is not new.

However, Reilly believes more advanced satellite technology has led to increased awareness.

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