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Brown skies over Canberra

warall 23 September 2009 29

So does anyone know why we have this brown muck in the sky today especially in the North? Is it smoke or dust?

[ED (Kramer) – I have been (unsuccessfully) attempting to get a pic of the tinged sky.
Meanwhile, nothing of note from BOM other than the description “dusty” in today’s ACT weather forecast.
I’m guessing the very strong NW winds overnight have swept up the topsoils from central NSW and southern QLD & NT.]

Supposedly the dust is because Lake Eyre has dried out. See the following sat image.

Dust clouds over Belconnen

Don’t wash your cars just yet, as red dirt is set to rain down tonight.

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dommie 9:32 pm 25 Sep 09

Ull-a (sorry couldn’t help myself)

peterh 11:13 am 25 Sep 09

Gungahlin Al said :

Oh come on – the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.

but still they come?

the dust has since moved to sydney, where they started warning everyone who was an asthmatic to stay indoors, keep the kids indoors,etc, etc. What i want to know is why the ACT government didn’t put out warnings for canberra?

Whatsup 7:24 pm 24 Sep 09

Its not Martians weed… its Zombie vapour.

Gungahlin Al 4:17 pm 24 Sep 09

Oh come on – the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.

Holden Caulfield 10:56 pm 23 Sep 09

I was going to mention that, but I thought no-one would’ve believed.

dommie 6:55 pm 23 Sep 09

Its the red weed brought on by the Martians … c’mon has nobody read War of the Worlds?

Holden Caulfield 11:12 am 23 Sep 09

Make sure you check out the pics from Sydney today. Looks like armageddon, haha! Much worse than our orange skies from the 2003 bushfires.

knockknock-eggman 10:15 am 23 Sep 09

On a side note, my dam is full =) The ducks arent anywhere to be tho…might have ended up in Goulburn after last nights winds =)

OzChick 9:42 am 23 Sep 09

The dust storm at Broken Hill yesterday.

We’ve got nothing on them. It went pitch black in less than 10 mins.

Gungahlin Al 9:27 am 23 Sep 09

On closer inspection, not a lot of washing away if the dust has happened at all – just collected in patches. Surprising given I emptied 56mm out of the rain gauge today.
And the dust will be coming back tonight/tomorrow we’re being told. Gerni’s going to get a workout after all this (with tank water).

Thumper 7:41 am 23 Sep 09

Gininderra creek, I mean, river, was rather wide this morning…

Gungahlin Al 5:56 am 23 Sep 09

Well that’s all washed away now. Pretty substantial rainfall last night. Now we’ll have several days of high winds to dry everything out to a crisp again.
Talk about extremes…

Swan 10:18 pm 22 Sep 09

Checking on my garden today and I noticed that my plants have red spots all over them.

And this would explain it.

SheepGroper 9:40 pm 22 Sep 09

I took a shot of the dusty sky over the BBP at lunch time weird pink sky contrasting with the blank white of the building panels.

Ryan 8:18 pm 22 Sep 09

glad i decided to get the bus today!

AussieRodney 5:51 pm 22 Sep 09

And this 721 colour sat image from today.

folkie 4:24 pm 22 Sep 09

Washed on sunday now covered in mud… fantastic!

Gungahlin Al 4:04 pm 22 Sep 09

And here they are predicting what could be the dump of the season up in the hills over Saturday and Sunday. At least it will cover up all the brown snow.
Monday might be a good day off for a little bus trip to Perisher…

frank2112 3:10 pm 22 Sep 09

Pommy bastard said :

Hands up all those who washed their cars this weekend.


Guilty as charged. Washed and polished both the cars on Sunday

Jivrashia 2:43 pm 22 Sep 09

Dust storm factsheet from NSW Dept. of Health

We might want a hazzard rating for dust storms right next to the UV Alter rating on the BOM site.

Bottom line: stay indoors while you can see the dust outside as prolong exposure can be harmful.

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