Honestly, if I had witnessed this blazing red dust in Sydney on the morning of September 23, the likes of which have never been seen before, I would have cried out, “Mars attacks!” Just take a look at the photos--not one has been photoshopped or otherwise tampered with in any way.
My next instinct would have been to blame global warming, since any weather anomaly seems to be immediately attached to it nowadays. Nevertheless, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jane Golding reassured Sydneysiders that “the fiery haze was the result of the sun hitting the blanket of dust,” which was caused by “some really strong winds in the inland areas of NSW and in South Australia for a sustained period yesterday.”
Whatever the case may be, I’m pretty sure I’ll never behold anything like this red dust in Sydney. It may have been frightening and chaotic, but it must have been remarkable to see.