SECARIBE: Investigating the Connections Between Caribbean Droughts and the Saharan Dust

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Imagen de satélite compuesta mostrando el desplazamiento del polvo del Sahara a la región del Caribe para Junio 15 de 2015. Imagen cortesía de NASA Worldview.

In 2015, 75 out of the 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico were significantly affected by a drought that caused severe shortages and rationing in potable water supplies. According to the US Drought Monitor, this has been the longest drought in these islands since 2000, when formal recording of these events began. This drought lasted about 80 weeks both in Puerto Rico and other islands of the Caribbean.

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