DISCUSSION: Back on September 23rd 2009, a massive dust storm swept across 725 miles of Central/Eastern Australia (i.e., from the Australian outback and over towards Sydney, New South Wales). This tremendous dust storm produced a red-colored hue (identified in satellite imagery) over the region between the 22nd and the 24th of September. Wind gusts exceeded 60 mph as the storm transported an estimated 5,000 metric tons of dust across eastern Australia (effectively spreading dust across southern parts of Queensland). The image attached above shows the dust storm over eastern Australia. The image was taken on September 23 by the MODIS Terra satellite!
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~Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz