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Dust storm arriving in NZ; Latest Satellite Images

Dust from Australia’s dust storm is estimated to be very near according to forecasters at this afternoon.

Latest visible satellite images show the area of dust now spreading towards the North Island and upper South Island.

The dust will cause spectacular sunsets and sunrises on this side of the Tasman, but only if the cloud clears.

See the latest map of the dust cloud below.

Image from this morning of dust cloud moving towards NZ.  Image / MTSAT JMA,

Yesterday’s giant dust storm as it spread from Australia into the Tasman Sea.  Image /NASA Terra – MODIS.

Philip Duncan from says the dust, which has been swept from Australia’s dry interior, is expected to arrive in New Zealand within the next day or so but it may not be obvious.

“The only issue is that unlike Australia, we have a lot of rain clouds around us, so it’s going to be harder to know that it is here purely because it is overcast or raining across much of the country.”

Mr Duncan says the low that has been responsible for the strong winds across New South Wales. Queensland is associated with the same rain bands. believes the North Island will be best positioned for more spectacular sunrise and sunsets especially on Friday when the cloud cover is expected to break up.


CH Davis on 24/09/2009 10:16am

Hi Phil,

Thank you for these amazing inages… they are unbelieveable… I’ve not been tuning into any news or weather these past couple of days, just needed to go quiet, so, when I friend rang this evening and told me about this recent dust storm – listening to the colour and description of it, I decided to log online and read more about this dust phenomena.

Anyway, hoping to have clear cloudless skies here in the north to photograph hopefully a sunrise and or sunset… take care…

Mike on 24/09/2009 6:54pm

Day break here in Papakura and dust clearly visible with visibility reduced to around 6km. Could easily be mistaken for haze but there is a different “tinge” about it. A freshening westerly mid morning might see it disappear and be replaced with showers!

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