Sydney dust storm

Red sky in the morning…

skywatch Friday

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We awoke to an amazing sight on Wednesday morning – the sky was red!  It was eerily luminous as the rising sun (which we didn’t see for quite a few more hours) was reflected off the red dust particles which had been blown in by gale force winds in the one-in-a-century dust storm.

Hopefully one-in-a-century…  increasingly common droughts and global warming mean they might become more frequesnt.

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It was intensely red just after 6am (you can see the effect of the wind on the trees),

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orange just before 7am

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and yellow by mid morning (which I didn’t photograph as I was out and about by then).  Blue sky was visible in patches again by midday, thanks to the gale force winds which blew in the sand from Lake Eyre, half way across the continent, and then blew it out again, taking some of it as far as New Zealand.  By late afternoon it was gone.

The next morning there was a pair of goldfinches trying to get into our study window – perhaps blown in from the west as they were my first sighting in Breakfast Point, although they are recorded on the bird list for Sydney Olympic Park, and are probably quite common in various grasslands nearby.

The storms have been widespread – Cairns nearly 3000 kms away was affected.  We are expecting another one tomorrow morning but not as severe.   Poor Miss Dolce cat still has a red ruff.  She ventured outside yesterday (a day after the storm) and picked up the dust from garden vegetation.

More Skywatch pictures here.


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6 Responses to “Sydney dust storm”

  1. Carol Says:

    I hope too that it was once in a century. What a magnificent and terrible storm!

  2. Emily Says:

    Astonishing, beautiful, but troubling. Thank you for sharing these pictures!

  3. Maria Says:

    Emailing family in Australia right now! wow… what a storm that must have been!!!

  4. J Bar Says:

    Great shots. I featured a couple too on my blog.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

  5. Pearl Maple Says:

    Fabulous photos to show a bit of what has been going on in your patch of the sky. Hope it clears up soon though.

  6. Lisa L Says:

    Wow, that’s unreal!!

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