Raining muddy waters
RED mud rained down on Adelaide 50 years ago this week as the clouds unleashed on a rolling dust storm.
A pall of dirt blown down from the north turned day to night, pedestrians ran for cover and drivers pulled over.
Exactly one month later, on February 18, it happened again and was captured by Elizabeth Downs resident Sydney Oats, in a picture taken from his front yard.
In the January storm, Adelaide recorded “12 points of mud-rain” and 100.7F (38.1C) – the city’s first century in more than 12 months, according to The Advertiser.
“Children dropped their bicycles and groped their way into the nearest houses for shelter,” the story says.
Stewart Underwood was 14 and had moved to Adelaide from the UK six days before the January dust storm.
He and his sister were in Elder Park, near the migrant hostel. “When it started to rain, we ran for the bandstand but we were literally covered in mud,” he recalls.