A week or to ago, Canberra was hit with a dust storm. It came in really quickly – at least the visible dust did. My eyes started reacting before I could see anything. It coated everything in a thick red layer – carried in with strong winds (up to 90km/hr or 56 miles/hr) from the drought stricken land west of us.
Below are photos from the day. It did get worse than the last photo, but by that stage my asthma was not happy so I didn’t want to go outside to get another photo.
The first photo was how most of the day was. You can see the dust starting to build in the second (Black Mountain Tower – visible in the first photo sticking up on the horizon can no longer be seen), and by the third photo visibility is starting to be significantly affected.
Luckily for us, by the next morning the winds had eased and the skies cleared, although it took a good week for my eyes and lungs to settle.