Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Austrailia Dust Storm

I ran across this news article this morning. It's good reading for weather enthusiasts.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1215443/Australia-dust-storm-sweeps-eastern-coast.html

4 comments:

Bob said...

This is an interesting story. Drought, recent wildland fires and climate change. We’ve had a couple of dust events here this summer. Cold fronts moving through really stir up the surface. Fortunately, ours dust events only last a few hours then they settle down.

My first reaction to the photos was how it looked like the Martian atmosphere minus the human built infrastructure.

Here’s a link to a satellite image of the West Coast of AU: http://www.abc.net.au/news/photos/2009/09/23/2694315.htm

Bob

WxWatcher said...

Thanks for the link, Bob!

You make a good point about the martian atmosphere. It looks like someone took some pictures with a red filter. I'll be it felt unreal to be there.

OSNW3 said...

Speaking of martian atmosphere, how about a martian landscape. Flying to/from CA this past week reminded me of how awesome a birds eye view is. My flight path was from SJC to MPS.

There was some lingering snow on the north/east facing Sierra tops, and when over NV, UT, WY the land below looked like a photo from Mars or one of the Jupiter moons. Days of when massive water was flowing and pooling.

I am happy to be back in WI. CA is a great place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there. It's amusing what is "humid" to the folks that call the east "Bay" area home. It ain't nothing like the moist air we feel here in the Midwest, Upper Midwest, that is for certain. Days get hot, but are slow to warm and fast to cool... so the heat is only blazing for a couple/few hours really. (From what I experienced the 10 days I've spent out there this September)

I went on a tangent there. OOPS.

Regardless, as I was deplaning last night in Appleton I actually felt rain on my skin for the first time since August 30, 2009. Woo!

WxWatcher said...

LOL OSNW3. I thought I was the only one that went off on weather-related tangents. My wife would roll her eyes at both of us.

I just love flying over mountains...or flying in general.

The precipitation finally made it to the midwest, didn't it? My wife and I are getting away (just us!) for a few days at the Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend, so we're hoping the rain will hold off for us. I'm glad we're getting some, though. The ground had pulled about an inch away from our foundation from the shrinkage.

I'll save the details for the monthly report.