Last week a dust storm blanketed eastern Australia, including Sydney, and significantly disrupted the city’s infrastructure while putting health officials on high alert. (It’s unknown how red dust affects book shipping.) The official explanation is “during winter in Australia low pressure storms are generated in the Indian and Southern Oceans, whipping up huge seas and creating severe cold fronts which sweep across southern and eastern Australia. A severe thunderstorm with 100 km per hour (60 miles per hour) plus winds formed in South Australia state on Monday and began whipping up dust from drought-hit outback lands.” (Thanks Reuters.)
But aside from all the chaos and disarray, and the possible implications as it relates to climate change, the event created some magnificent photo ops for those immersed in this rare occurrence. The photos above and below were shot by Christopher Chan – nice work Christopher! Thomas Aylett captured some magical shots that can be seen in his Red Dust gallery on Flickr. Another great set can be found here.