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More of the Australian duststorm
Posted By: Ash, 09-22-2009, 07:58 PM

Here are some more of the unusual scenery people have been confronted with amidst one of the most widespread duststorms in Aussie history.

Seems to have affected all of the eastern states, and we're getting a fair whack of it here in south-east Qld, just as the NSWers are today...

As expected AWB was of no use - needed manual WB of about 2900K to get it just about right...










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I'm still breathing it in as we speak Ash!We definately need rain everywhere to clean this mess.Lucky your K20D has weather seals.I wouldn't take my K100D out today.
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And just a couple of others:



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I'm still breathing it in as we speak Ash!We definately need rain everywhere to clean this mess.Lucky your K20D has weather seals.I woldn't take my K100D out today.
I thought constantly how the weather seals would handle the dust. I had the 16-50 fitted, thankfully.

I definitely didn't change lenses!

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That is just plain awful. My prayers are with you all that the weather breaks soon.
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Smart move!
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That is just plain awful. My prayers are with you all that the weather breaks soon.
Thanks, although it's not all doom and gloom.
People are still going about doing their usual business.
Asthmatics and COPD sufferers are those who would be most affected.
It'll all blow over soon I'm sure...

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Not funny that. I've been in them in Cario, Egypt and they were only for a day. I really hope it clears up for you soon.

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Nice shots in very unusual weather conditions (for me anyway). Must be awful to breathe in those conditions. Thanks for going out there, challenging the weather and shared it with us.

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Was a pleasure, some more to come soon...
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thanks for sharing.... somewhat frightening.. how dangerous are these events
to public health ash?
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Here are some more highlights from this firery red day...








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thanks for sharing.... somewhat frightening.. how dangerous are these events
to public health ash?
Well as expected, any predisposing chest condition would be exacerbated by the plethora of dust in the air, and the most common of these would have to be asthma and COPD.

Given the pollution in the air that day was over 150x that of accepted levels, it wouldn't be unheard of to have cases of excess dust inhalation and a reactive pneumonitis (lung inflammatory response), but we may not see this for some days afterwards when patients start rolling in with worsening breathing difficulties.
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Amazing environment - great images. I hope it rains for you soon - take care of yourself, my friend.

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Indeed hope all is well , great images. How is the local wildlife faring ? At least humans can try and get out of it, still as your and Bruce's photo's show it looks difficult to escape that monster.
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