End of the World, Part Deux

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12th Jan, 2013

This is the incredible sight of a dust storm and rain clouds forming over Indian ocean, captured by a tug boat worker, Brett Martin on January 9th. The cyclone was approaching  Onslow on the Western Australian coast.

“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,” said Mr. Martin.

The apocalyptic scene was created “as wind and rain caused the storm to dump the sand and dust it had ingested while passing Onslow,” said the Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster, Austen Watkins.

“In 18 years of meteorology, I’ve never seen a white shelf cloud capping the brownish dirt from the haboob.  If there was a hall of fame for weather photos, this one would get in on the first ballot,” said meteorologist for The Weather Channel, Jonathan Erdman.

See more photos of the storm here.

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