We recorded an average of 65 hours of dust activity across our 21 long-term sites in October 2019. The previous record of 16 hours in October 2009 – the year of the ‘Red Dawn’ dust storm that engulfed Sydney – was dwarfed by 49 hours in 2019. The main reason for the increased number is that the area affected by this extended dry period is larger and extends further east that in 2008–09.
DustWatch report October 2019
Highest October record of dust activity since records began in 2005.
- 14 November 2019
- Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
- Publication, Newsletter
- ISSN 2206-3161
- ID EES20190010
- File PDF 1.3MB
- Pages 6
- Name dustwatch-report-october-2019-190010.pdf