There’s something biblical and end of the world about a good dust storm — the way the light takes on a malevolent hum, the winds come seemingly out of nowhere, and then…the dust. Brett Martin was at sea when this beast hit Onslow, Australia.
“We were steaming along in the boat just before sunset and the storm was casually building in the distance, then it got faster and faster and it went from glass to about 40 knots in two minutes,” Martin said.
Rather than simply a wind-swept dust cloud, the Onslow event was from a thunderstorm that swept up the dust in its path.
“It was like a big dust storm under a thunderhead,” Martin told The West Australian. “There was a lot of lightning but not a lot of rain.”