This year, the harmattan is heavy. The dust that fills the air covers everything in our homes with layers of gray. The nights suddenly drop to the high 60's, cold for us who are used to lows in the 80's. Lips are chapped, throats constantly parched, skin is dry, and colds abound. By the end of the day, our eyes are dry and we are required to shower, not because we are coated in sweat, but because we are coated in a film of dust.
This is my first year experiencing the full harmattan, though I've heard that it is the heaviest one in decades. What a year to stick around!