Sydney, Australia, dressed up like Mars

Wednesday morning, an enormous storm from the Australian Outback blanketed the eastern coast of the continent in a fine, orange dust. These fairly common outback dust storms are usually restricted to the arid inland, but the country has been suffering from one of the worst droughts in its history. The drier conditions are probably responsible for the unusual spread of this particular storm to the eastern and southern coastal regions.

This is easily the week’s most science fictional event. From the BBC:

“It was like being on Mars,” [Tanya Ferguson] told the BBC News website.

“I haven’t been there, obviously, but I imagine that’s what the sky would look like.”

Check out this astonishing Flickr set by Tom Coates, or just browse for some of the on-the-ground images that continue to be uploaded throughout the evening over there.

[This image is from Flickr user katclay and is cc-licensed for commercial use.]


Torie Atkinson suddenly wants to re-read Red Mars.

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