While fires burn across southeastern Australia and the northwest braces for Tropical Cyclone Narelle, Australia’s volatile weather has produced a spectacular red dust storm.
Striking images have emerged of a massive dust storm, which rolled across northwestern Australia and out to the Indian Ocean just before sunset on Wednesday evening.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Austen Watkins told the West Australian the phenomenon was created as wind and rain caused the thunderstorm to dump sand and dust it had picked while passing over the coastal town of Onslow, in the Pilbara region.
The phenomenon is known as a “haboob” by meteorologists.
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