Dust over Southeast Australia



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English: Dry, windy weather sent clouds of dust across south-eastern Australia. The tan dust reduced visibility and prompted the New South Wales Government to issue health warnings asking people to stay inside as much as possible. Blowing dust can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat and can make breathing difficult. The dust appears to be concentrated most strongly offshore. Plumes of pale grey smoke blend with the dust. The plumes rise from fires, which are outlined in red. The hot and winding conditions that gave rise to the dust storm also increased the fire danger in south-eastern Australia.
Date 2 December 2009(2009-12-02)
Source NASA Earth Observatory
Author Jeff Schmaltz

Image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Image courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Instrument: Aqua - MODIS


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