Dust Storm: Central to Eastern Australia, September 2009

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Beginning the evening of 21 September 2009, strong east-bearing winds lifted top soil from parts of northern South Australia, Central Australia, and New South Wales which created a dust storm. By the following afternoon the storm had spread into Victoria, the Australia Capital Territory and southern New South Wales, blanketing towns and cities in red dust and creating a 'martian' like atmosphere. By the afternoon of 23 September, the storm had reached northern Queensland and delayed all air traffic on the eastern seaboard due to poor visibility. The storm went on to reach New Zealand, traveling 2,160 kilometres across the Tasman. The image below can be expanded for download.

 Dust storm affecting Central and Eastern Australia from 21 - 23 September. This image was captured by the AQUA satellite 3pm Wednesday 23 September 2009.

Dust storm affecting Central and Eastern Australia from 21 - 23 September.
This image was captured by the AQUA satellite 3pm Wednesday 23 September 2009.
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Topic contact: earth.observation@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 27, 2011