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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

One dusty day.

“The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”Occasionally the drought makes itself felt along the coastal strip. The raging dust storm has worked its way eastward & engulfed Sydney before blanketing southern Queensland.
Visibility went to about zero. It looked pretty ~ & that's about all that can be said for it.

All day we choked & wheezed. And that's our precious topsoil landing in the middle of Quandamooka. No. not good. Where it should be is hundreds of miles west with all the other good red soil, not whirling about the coast & plonking in our bay!





11 comments:

alecat said...

All that precious topsoil!!
I didn't realise it was so widespread along the coast .. our poor farmers. :(

Homeschoolmum4Christ said...

Hi Ganeida,
We also had the dust, but with the dust comes the rain, and we have had 44 mm. Praise God - all of the rainwater tanks are nearly full! We have 39,000 gallons of sparkling fresh rainwater to go into the summer. =D
Blessings,
Jillian
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Persuaded said...

I saw that on the news this morning and thought you all might be affected. My condolences to you... and to your farmers.

Molytail said...

Oh wow. This town is dusty, but I've never seen anything like that -- and I thought that was trees and off colour clouds until I looked closer at the enlarged pics and realized it's actually your water view through the trees! Or...it's supposed to be! :-o

Jeanne said...

We can't have our precious topsoil landing in Quandamooka now, can we? (Ours always lands in Managatang!!)

MamaOlive said...

Your storm made the front page on Yahoo news. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/as_australia_dust_storm
We had a few in west Texas, but not quite that bad. Glad it passed without any injuries reported.

Britwife said...

I didn't know that you were in a drought. Scary, isn't it?

Sandra said...

The drought isn't in your area, is it? Are you having the topsoil of another region depositing itself on your land and water?

Ganeida said...

MamaO: Now to clean up the mess...

Britwife: We always seem to be in drought. When the drought ends it floods. After the floods the place burns to the ground. That's our *cycle*. The *coastal strip, which is basically anything east of the Great Dividing Range & a *very* narrow ribbon elsewhere, gets any rain that's going. Our desert is encroaching at something like 4 miles a year so when we get prolonged periods even the farmers call drought it's a worry.

Sandra: technically our area is out of drought at the moment. All that soil originally came from Mt Isa.

Allison said...

I saw a CNN photo (maybe near Sydney?) showing bright red skies. Crazy!

seekingmyLord said...

The irony! No dust storms but we were in a drought here for four years. Three states were fighting over the shrinking man-made lake, farmers, landscapers, and nurseries went out of business, and we were told we had about 30 days left to sustain Atlanta for drinking water, which we are being told for which the lake was not meant to be ever used. Finally, it began raining this year and the lake was nearly at normal levels, but still a judge has ordered that the fight between the states has to be settled, which is unlikely. Then, as you know, we just got hit with 14 inches in 48 hours causing flash floods. Now it is making its way down to the other two states...

"You want our water. We'll give you WATER!!!"

Not funny unless you have a seriously twisted sense of humor, I suppose.

The only consistency about the weather is its inconsistency. I hope things improve there and here as well--some bridges are out and most people did not have flood insurance.