DUSTY: The dust storm between Dalby and Chinchilla on January 11, 2020. Photo: Jodie Williams
DUSTY: The dust storm between Dalby and Chinchilla on January 11, 2020. Photo: Jodie Williams

RED RAIN: Thick dust storm blankets the west, but brings downpour

A VERY large and thick dust storm spanning thousands of kilometres has blanketed a spectacular orange haze over towns everywhere between Toowoomba and Alice Springs.

Meteorologist Dan Narramore from the Bureau of Meteorology, informed Newscorp the dust storm is moving through southern parts of Queensland including the Darling Downs and Chinchilla area on the south westerly change which is associated with a surface trough.

"It picked up a lot of dust through parts of South Australia and Northern New South Wales yesterday and last night. Then slowly moved north through southern parts of Queensland today," he said.

Mr Narramore said this is one of the most impressive dust storms he has seem in a while because it's so thick especially out west.

He believes Bowen went down to 50 per cent visibility this morning and is sure so did many other places.

"It's very thick when you get out to Thargomindah and Birdsville, he said.

"It's extending from Toowoomba all the way through to Alice Springs and is just south of Charleville at the moment, but they might get a little more later on."

However, the dust may bring some much-needed rain with Mr Narramore stating that we should see showers and thunderstorms pick up as we move into the evening hours and a little bit of mud rain with that.

"Showers and thunderstorms as we know are very hit and miss," he said.

"But we do have some showers and thunderstorms tonight and we should see another round of showers and thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon as well."

The dust is expected to ease and clear out overnight and most of it should be gone by the morning.


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