A dusty end to 2018

Dubbo Photo News - - Front Page -

A year of dust, dry dirt and drought ended with the big­gest dust storm of all.

As Mon­day af­ter­noon's huge dust storm loomed large in the sky to the south­west of Dubbo, it seemed at first spec­tac­u­lar, but as it rolled un­stop­pably into the city we re­alised it was also de­struc­tive.

The wind and dust storm brought down tree branches, up­turned garbage bins, and sadly led to the can­cel­la­tion of the an­nual New Year's Eve Fire­works spec­tac­u­lar which was ex­pect­ing a crowd of up to 8000 peo­ple at Apex Oval.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy recorded a peak gust at the city's of­fi­cial weather stat­tion at the air­port of 80km/h at 18.16pm.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Stephen Ney used his drone to cap­ture this amaz­ing photo of the dust storm ap­proach­ing Dubbo.

He was in the garage when his wife Sharen sug­gested he come and have a look at what was ap­proach­ing.

Stephen grabbed his drone and put it up to around 90 me­tres.

“You couldn’t tell from the ground how bad it re­ally was,” Stephen said.

A quick check of the drone’s live view con­firmed that some­thing big was on the way.

Stephen’s drone spent about 12 min­utes in the air cap­tur­ing the ap­proach­ing dust storm.

He had to land quickly as the ap­proach­ing storm was whip­ping up strong winds.

Stephen’s pho­tos cap­tured a breath­tak­ing weather event over Dubbo.

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