Sydney Shrouded by Worst Dust Storms in 70 Years

September 23, 2009 / No Comments

Sydney Red Dust Storm 1 Sydney Shrouded by Worst Dust Storms in 70 Years

Sydney Shrouded by Worst Dust Storms in 70 Years

Australia is experiencing its worst dust storms in more than 70 years.

Atlanta is flooded. Denver is expecting its worst snow fall ever this early in the year. What’s up with all the havoc?

Airports are being closed, international flights are being diverted as dust clouds from east Australia’s dry interior, dried up from the worst drought on record, pick up tons of topsoil and throw it high into the sky, carry it hundreds of miles and cover cities with it.

Sydney also experienced hail storms and mini-heat-waves, not to mention wildfires.

The dust storms are the most severe since 1940s, reaching as far as New Zealand from southern Australia – 1,400 miles (2,220 km) away.

It  reminds me of an old kangaroo joke – why do kangaroo moms not like when it rains or in this case dust storms?

Answer – because the kids have to play inside.

If you have asthma, heart or lung disease, stay inside and keep your medicine and inhalers handy.

Images courtesy of avlxyz, nswmaritime, praveenmt (1 + 2), yewenyi, devinapereira.