We get this sometimes in Sydney, when dust from “the red centre” is blown over the city. The light is very spooky and unsettling! And, of course, it’s very dirty.
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A reminder that nature is ultimately in control despite our urbanisation of the world!
Those of us on the east coast of Australia are in no doubt of that at the moment. 😦
In Israel every summer we have what we call a “Chamseen” which means “Fifty” or typically, 50 days. It was the number of super-heated days when the sand from the Sahara blew up our way. The air would be full of grit, the temperature would rise to insanely high levels — and there was not a breath of air or a breeze anywhere. Back then, no one had air conditioning, so we did a lot of lying on the floor where the tiles were cool. Also, the air was better lower down.
We had that yellow-orange air, too — and when the chamseen broke and the temperature dropped, the cleaning started. There were a lot of out-of-sorts people during chamseen. Lots of fist fights over parking spaces and general grouchiness. I didn’t know that same gritty air traveled as far as Portugal.
The Sahara was humanity’s first big contribution to climate change because WE created it using bad farming techniques and Americans did exactly the same thing and created our own Sahara, the “Dust Bowl” that had been a sea of prairie grass.
Isn’t is strange how history keep repeating — or as Mark Twain said — rhyming?
Fascinating – but also really glad it was not that bad here. And suspect history will forever be rhyming, us humans are not great at learning!
It really was, and lasted so long too. Fortunately most dissipated now.
WOW. That sand is really orange. I bet it seemed surreal to look out and see it. 😀 😀
It really was 🙂
Your Portugal pix inspired me to post some comparative Swiss sky pics. Very eerie.
Oh fantastic, on my way to see
Castro Verde isn’t so Verde!
Really wasn’t yesterday. So weird. Thank goodness we have masks as otherwise not sure we would have ventured out yesterday
Yesterday was merely sepia. Today is yellow. Tomorrow … orange?
I hope not, took me ages to wash car this morning so we can see out and also get in without turning yellow!!
Now back in Algarve and whilst still dusty, it’s grey rather than yellow so looks like it’s finally leaving 🙂
I’m hoping the effect is heightened in photography because I haven’t seen anything like that here in the Algarve. There’s a lot of dust and washing down to do though.
Nope, really was this yellow at times yesterday! Fortunately today much clearer, might even be a sky up there.
The sun is trying to fight it’s way back here 🌞💕
We’re back in the Algarve – where’s the sun you promised?!!
Still trying! It was warm down at Barril though. Maybe amanha? 🤗💟
Great image, Becky, even if the conditions aren’t exactly pleasant. It’s amazing how nature can produce such stunning effects.
My thoughts exactly!
That is just amazing to see this! As Jude said it’s oddly beautiful.
We won’t forget this trip!
It’s oddly beautiful, though perhaps not great for breathing. I remember similar photos from my son in Sydney several years ago.
Fortunately Covid masks work well against dust too! Has been an extraordinary couple of days. Still a bit around, but we can now see where the sun might be so that’s a huge improvement!
I’ve been seeing Sahara skies on Facebook from Switzerland and Germany but I couldn’t read the comments. What is it like to be in it? I suspect much like the orange sky we had during fire season a few years ago. Really makes us aware of how we all are connected!
Around us wasn’t too noticeable to be out and about it, but we have worn our masks when outside. Car has had to be washed daily so we can see out, and it feels very eerie at times
Hope you are breathing easy inside at the moment.
Yes mostly indoors, and wearing masks outside. An upside of Covid19 is we now have excellent masks readily available!
Becky I have lived through a couple of dust storms in Saudi Arabia during my gulf war deployments. Very eerie and light is so strange.
You’re so right about the eerie atmosphere and light. This has been the worst one we’ve ever experienced – lasted days. Hopefully beginning to go though now
It gives a pretty effect, although I suspect it might not be so nice to be outdoors at the moment. Dust storms here aren’t pleasant and they make such a mess.
Very grateful we had our Covid19 masks to hand!
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