Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Dust Storms, Sepia and the Day Godzilla Ate the Coathanger
I woke early this morning. It’s been a windy night with gale force warm winds coming up from the south west. It’s always windy in September. The dog was jittery, the wind was rustly and the sky was a very unusual orange colour . . at first I thought it was the old ‘red sky at morning, sailor’s warning’ thing but no . . .
Further investigation of the weird dawn glow helped me understand why. We had been besieged by a dust storm throughout the night. An enormous dust storm. A dust storm to even get Adam out of bed at 6am! The first like it since 1940 and nothing like anything I’d ever seen in my life. Of course my camera battery went flat at the right moment!
Last night had been cool and breezy after a warm 32 degree day so we went to bed leaving all the windows open and the fresh air flushing through. By 5:30 this morning, the entire house, every surface in every room was covered with a thin layer of the Simpson Desert . . blown all the way across the state from South Australia.
I’m actually very glad that it only happens once in a blue moon! But by 3:30 . . clear skies and high winds and not a spec of dust . . .except in my house!