Another red dust storm to rival the 2009 event could be headed for Sydney

Getty ImagesThe 2009 dust storm, Sydney.

A dust storm to rival the one that turned Sydney red in 2009 could hit the city this week, according to weather forecasters.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) told the ABC that dry and windy conditions today and tomorrow could see the return of the red blanket of dust.

If you don’t remember what it looked like, this will jog your memory.

The 2009 dust storm, Sydney

The chances of it happening are “pretty high,” BOM services manager Jane Golding told the ABC.

As a cold front moves from South Australia over New South Wales it may produce “vigorous winds,” potentially affecting the entire NSW coast, including Sydney.

“At the moment the guidance is pointing to some pretty strong winds, but we’ll just have to see how the front and the low pressure system develop,” she said.

Already, in-land conditions are causing localised dust storms.

Facebook user Jess Weston posted this from Broken Hill on November 6.

The dust storms are considered a rare phenomenon in Australia , like coral reef mass spawnings and the Aurora Australis.

The 2009 plume of dust covered 840,860 square kilometres and rose 2.5 kilometres above the ground.

At the time, Doug Banks, a resident of Broken Hill — the township where the storm originated — told Australian Geographic that it turned the world “absolutely pitch black. You couldn’t even see your hand in front of you”.

“(Car) headlights couldn’t illuminate anything because it was like they were shining off a solid wall of dirt,” he said.

The ABC has more.

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