Harmattan Wind –
hot, dry wind that blows from the northeast or east in the western Sahara and is strongest in late fall and winter (late November to mid-March). It usually carries large amounts of dust, which it transports hundreds of kilometres out over the Atlantic Ocean; the dust often interferes with aircraft operations and settles on the decks of ships.
The view from our balcony at eight in the morning
Later in the afternoon
All I can say is thank God I’m not allergic to the dust, unlike in Islamabad where I was miserable during pollen season in spring because of the paper mulberry trees. But my friend Bernol is not so lucky. She said the dust gives her a scratchy, dry throat that wakes her up in the middle of the night.