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Sydney Dust storm – Friendship by David Petranker

Strong westerly winds across NSW have generated one of the most spectacular dust storms in the history of Sydney according to the Weather Channel.

An orange haze has covered the city, reducing visibility, causing transport problems and creating health concerns for those with respiratory problems.

“This is the biggest dust storm I have ever seen in Sydney,” says Dick Whitaker, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel with more than 40 years of meteorological experience.

“The last dust storm to hit Sydney was in October 2002 but it was nowhere as big as the one we are seeing today.”

“The storm is as a consequence of an extended period of strong winds and very dry conditions over western NSW. We are looking at it gradually improving later this morning to early afternoon but it should remain hazy all day.”

Leader readers have been quick to grab the abundance of photo opportunities this morning.

Sydney woke to the red haze as dust blown in from western NSW caused havoc.

All citybound lanes on the M5 East tunnel were closed earlier this morning while ferries were cancelled and some trains were delayed.

Even a horse racing meeting at Canterbury Park racecourse had to be cancelled today.

Passengers at Sydney Airport were told to expect significant delays and motorists should take extra care throughout the day because of harsh weather conditions.

Sutherland SES spokesman John Gonzalez said volunteers had taken away fallen trees at Kareela and Menai.

Matt Kirby at Kogarah SES said his team removed trees at Hurstville, Blakehurst and Rockdale.

Primary schools in St George and Sutherland Shire are also taking precautions, keeping children in classrooms until the dust settles.

Students from Our Lady of Fatima Primary School at Caringbah, were among many advised by teachers to remain inside with the windows closed.


  • whittsatwoopi
    whittsatwoopiabout 5 years ago

    Excellent work mate. Well done.

  • Thank you Simo

    – David Petranker

  • Rose Moxon
    Rose Moxonabout 5 years ago

    one of the best pix i have seen of the dust storm

  • Trish O'Brien
    Trish O'Brienabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot – i do hope your camera didn’t get any dust in it though!

  • Stuart Baxter
    Stuart Baxterabout 5 years ago

    whoa..amazing image..hope you folks ride this out in safely

  • Varry
    Varryabout 5 years ago


  • Sinisa Saratlic
    Sinisa Saratlicabout 5 years ago
    Excellent image !
  • S .
    S .about 5 years ago

    fantastic shot david, this is great !

  • Coronus
    Coronusabout 5 years ago

    amazing capture!

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingabout 5 years ago

    I missed the dust storm by one day…I’m sure I have some shots from various cameras taken from this spot…just waiting to get into the darkroom! (don’t think they will be as good as this but will be interesting, pinhole from converted OM1)

  • RamsayGee
    RamsayGeealmost 5 years ago


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