Two days ago I braved the dust storm that took over the eastern coast of Australia, as a field worker in Aged Care, I spend most of my time outdoors driving from client to client. I deferred one of my clients until the next day (Thursday) and thought I had come thru the storm unscathed until this morning (Friday) I awoke with a splitting headache and now on this lovely sunny,cloudless spring day I am home with a migraine .lol
A wall of dust stretched from northern Queensland to the southern tip of eastern Australia on the morning of September 23, 2009, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image. The dust is thick enough that the land beneath it is not visible. The storm, the worst in 70 years. The concentration of particles in the air reached 15,000 micrograms per cubic meter in New South Wales during the storm, A normal day sees a particle concentration 10-20 micrograms per cubic meter. Strong winds blew the dust from the interior to more populated regions along the coast. Australia has suffered from a multiple-year drought.
The straight-line distance between the far northern edge of the plume on September 24 and the southern edge is about 3,450 kilometers (2,700 miles), roughly equivalent to the distance between New York City and Los Angeles.
Late Friday night weather report: A dust storm headed for Sydney is likely to blow in early on Saturday morning but it’s unlikely there will be a repeat of the dramatic scenes witnessed in Sydney on Wednesday morning, when the city was bathed in red, orange and yellow hues.