Sydney Dust Storm 2018 – Fears Giant Outback Storm Could Hit City

Sydney Dust Storm – Fears Giant Outback Storm Could Hit City

There could be a huge Sydney Dust Storm tomorrow, with draught stricken New South Wales towns already under a cloud of dust and soot right now.

The Sydney dust storm could hit by Thursday afternoon, with very strong winds sweeping across regional areas of the state, including towns like Broken Hill enveloped in an apocolyptic haze.

Anita Pyne, a forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Anita Pyne told Sydney news media that a Sydney dust storm was a real possibility.

The storm is hitting western regional towns and cities, and could make it to Sydney Thursday afternoon or evening.

“The winds are strong and the conditions are favourable so we can’t rule it out,” she said. “But it might not happen. We might see a little pinkish glow in the sky, it might be an annoying haze, or it could be a full-on dust storm.”

Damaging winds averaging 40 to 50 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible for parts of NSW tomorrow.

The official forecast for Sydney right now is slight (20%) chance of a shower.
Areas of raised dust.
Winds northerly 15 to 20 km/h turning westerly 25 to 30 km/h in the morning then increasing to 30 to 45 km/h in the middle of the day.


Video: Dust storm at Broken Hill

More video of the dust storm, this video from Klondyke in northwestern New South Wales. An eerie and thick red dust covers the town.

2009 Sydney Dust Storm

Sydney Dust Storm 2018

In 2009 a huge dust storm swept across Sydney, turning skies orange. Landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge were enveloped in a weird orange dust glow People had to prevent breathing in dust particles.

“We’re going to just keep watching the dust cloud on the satellite imagery,” she said. “The winds are definitely ramping up into tomorrow afternoon and will be more likely as tomorrow progresses.”

The dust storm is linked to the poor weather for parts of the eastern seaboard, with dry conditions for months keeping top soil lose.

Children the elderly and those with heart disease and diabetes or respitory illness are vulnerable to the effects of a dust storm. People are advised to avoid outdoor activity, cover your nose and mouth with a mask or damp cloth and be aware of reduced visibility when driving, it was suggested.

People in Sydney wake up to a sky from Mars – Sydney Dust Storm 2018

In 2009, Sydney Morning Herald Science editor suggested that so much dust fell on Sydney during the Sydney dust storm of that year, it would probably weigh something like 1000 tonnes if it was all swept into a pile.

Video: Sydney Dust Storm 2009

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