Amateur video of the 2009 Australian Dust Storm. This storm swept across Australia originating in the corner of far-western New South Wales and north-east South Australia it travelled as far as the coastlines of New South Wales and Queensland covering the major cities of Canberra, Sydney, and Brisbane. To put this into perspective it would be similar to a dust storm in the African Sahara reaching the city of London. Planes from New Zealand to Australia had to return to New Zealand and red dust from the storm actually reached New Zealand behind a weather front that brought colder than normal temperatures to the North Island.
The dust cloud measured a massive 500 kilometres (310 mi) wide and 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long. The cloud was clearly visible from space and had the same but brief effect of a temperature drop similar to a nuclear winter.
Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)
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