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I've never seen anything like this...

Sydney has been enveloped by an incredible dust storm.

It's amazing. Eerie.  Disturbing.

I'm just so surprised that people were still out exercising in this; even inside our air-conditioned office the dust is present.

The sad thing is too, that this is precious top soil from west of the Blue Mountains, an area that is still very much in drought.  Another blow for the already struggling farmers.


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Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh, my gosh, this looks like the pictures of the Midwest in the US during the dust bowl days of the 1930s when thousands of miles of top soil blew away. Hope you're staying safe with face masks and such.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Dust storms aren't uncommon in country areas, just here in the city it is quite unusual.

And yes, I'm staying safely inside! :)
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
That is so eerie. The pictures are amazing, it looks so alien.

I take it there are high winds keeping all the dust up in the air?
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
The winds are gale force at the moment, and expected to remain so for several hours. There will be lots of cleaning up to do after this.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
Amazing pictures. It's unfortunate that it bodes ill for the farmers who are already hard hit.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
Truly, I marvel at people who live on the land; drought, bushfire, locust, collapsing export commodity prices, now this wind, some regions have had it all this year.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
That's terrifying. It's like the Dust Bowl in the US during the Depression.

Sep. 23rd, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
It does look very similar, those poor people must have been so disheartened with that devastation coming on top of the Depression.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Wow. It looks like the surface of Mars. Beautiful in it's own way, but it must be awful to be there!
Sep. 23rd, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
It has been fascinating to watch it passing through (from the comfort of an air-conditioned office). It has cleared somewhat, I can almost see the city skyline; I think the dust is well on its way to New Zealand now!
Sep. 23rd, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
The BBC hasn't mentioned the floods in the US, but your dust storm made it onto the main news bulletin. Dramatic, but not good for the land.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
The effect was so very alien; the word Mars was used rather a lot.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
This is really like pictures from Mars. Oh dear, this is not good, yes, poor farmers! It must be so unpleasant and even dangerous for those with respiratory problems. And the mess everywhere. It may be exciting for those who do not live there but nothing like that for you, is it?
Sep. 23rd, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
There will be much cleaning up to do. Everything, inside and out, has a fine layer of dust on it, and there has been considerable damage from the gale force winds that created the dust storm.
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