Remember the 2009 Sydney dust storm? The city awoke to eerie red fog as dust blew in from the drought-stricken west of the state. Well buckle up, it’s forecast to happen again from this afternoon.


So why’s this a perfect (dust) storm? Basically, large parts of Australia are in an ongoing drought that’s been killing off crops and drying out soil for a while now. It’s also been the “warmest January to October period on record” according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Dust storms aren’t entirely uncommon out west, in fact, topsoil has been blowing away and invading people’s homes all winter. Imagine having to deal with this on the reg?

So what’s this mean for us city folk? (yes, even the ones who get out on weekends)

Well, in rare contrast to our normal message, we reckon it might be worth staying inside over the next few days, especially if you have a respiratory condition or like wearing white linens. Maybe it’s time to get around to watching The Dawn Wall or sort out that pile of gear into an… ordered pile.

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Darling Harbour in 2009 – Photo by Kate Miles

Don’t want to Netflix n’ Chill? Maybe get out with your camera for sunset. If you get a cracker shot send it through and we might share it!

Think about the farmers doing it tough. Here’s how to help rural communities the right way.

Finally, these droughts are probably only going to get worse if the climate continues to change. Think about your environmental footprint and get involved in protecting our wild places and our planet.

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This seagull’s pretty chill about the whole thing, but should we be worried? – Photo by Kate Miles

 


Feature photo by Kate Miles