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Look at these fascinating pictures of a huge dust storm taken in north-western Australia.

Wall of sand whipped up by Tropical Cyclone Narelle hits Onslow, Western Australia | Mail Online
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Impressive! i didn't think australia had dust storms like that. I've been thru 2 of them. Looked just like that! One in Egypt and one in Saudi. People don't realize the high winds that usually come with it as well. I'd hate to be on a boat when it happens.
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that is truely impressive. Didn't realize something like that could travel across an ocean. I would have thought the water and it's associated dampness would have caused the dust to fall out of suspension

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Holy crap.
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Wow the guy with the baby does not seem concerned in the least! Looks like he is more worried about his next beer! But there are some really cool photos.
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Wow!

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That's one way to describe it..

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Impressive! i didn't think australia had dust storms like that.
Maybe not usually that visually impressive (it is powered by a cyclone after all) but, yes, lots of them and far too many to speak of all bundled under the term "willy-willy" or "williwaw" depending upon which part of the country you come from.

We get "tornados" too.. a bit smaller than seen in the USA, but they'll still rip your roof off. The most impressive (and nasty!) weather phenomenon to happen out back are "fire devils". Imagine a tornado of fire from the ground to the sky...

Like this:

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Maybe not usually that visually impressive (it is powered by a cyclone after all) but, yes, lots of them and far too many to speak of all bundled under the term "willy-willy" or "williwaw" depending upon which part of the country you come from.

We get "tornados" too.. a bit smaller than seen in the USA, but they'll still rip your roof off. The most impressive (and nasty!) weather phenomenon to happen out back are "fire devils". Imagine a tornado of fire from the ground to the sky...

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Makes for a heckuva marshmallow roast.
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Amazing! I just sent the link to a very close friend who is about to leave for a job in Perth! Pith on Perth! Yikes!

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Amazing! I just sent the link to a very close friend who is about to leave for a job in Perth! Pith on Perth! Yikes!
Perth?? Nice!...

I doubt you'd get anything like this in Perth itself - you'd need to be several hundred miles further north - but you might warn him that the sharks in Perth just love the taste of Americans.

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