Dust storms on Southern Tablelands a rare event

Big Merino gets a coat of dust as dust storm hits Goulburn


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Dust shrouds Goulburn yesterday.  Photo courtesy of Goulburn Mulwaree Support Rural Fire Brigade and W. Denniss - NSW Rural Fire Service and Yass Tribune.

Dust shrouds Goulburn yesterday. Photo courtesy of Goulburn Mulwaree Support Rural Fire Brigade and W. Denniss - NSW Rural Fire Service and Yass Tribune.

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Wild winds whip up dust only days after good rain

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After solid rain in many parts last week, Southern Tablelands residents and landholders weren’t expecting a dust storm to follow so quickly on its heels.

But high winds whipped up a storm of dust and in some areas near Yass and Goulburn visibility was reduced to a couple of kilometres on the weekend.

Rural Fire Service Southern Tablelands officer Daniel Osborne said the dust storm lasted well into Sunday afternoon, although a little rain in the Yass Valley helped dampen things down there a bit.

Dust storm at Yass. Photo by Regina Procter.

Dust storm at Yass. Photo by Regina Procter.

“We’ve had a few dust storms already this year, but the strong winds on Sunday whipped up a fair bit of dust,” he said.

Dust storm in Southern Highlands yesterday.

Dust storm in Southern Highlands yesterday.

“Around Goulburn visibility was reduced to a couple of kilometres.” There were gusts of over 70km/h recorded at Goulburn. Goulburn recorded about 30mm last week, a lot less than originally predicted – Moss Vale a bit further up the tablelands recorded 90mm.

Water storages in many properties remained at low levels despite the rain and feeding of livestock will go on for some time, Local Land Services said.

Dust storm at Yass. Photo by Regina Procter.

Dust storm at Yass. Photo by Regina Procter.

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