Australia: Tropical Cyclone Narell and sandstorm

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January 11, 2013. Powerful dramatic clouds arose Wednesday in front of a lightning storm. According to the classification referred to as "roll cloud" or "cloud-roll" sometimes? "Shelf cloud", and is often confused with the "wall of clouds."

The difference is that the cloud shaft precedes a storm, while the wall is part of a storm cloud.

Dramatic red color comes from the red sand in the desert regions of the Pilbara, Western Australia.

The storm originated in the desert, the wind picked up in the atmosphere of the red sand, and then the whole weather system moved over the sea. We can only guess that the sailors thought the first time who saw this picture.

The population of the Pilbara is preparing to meet with a tropical cyclone Narell, which is closer to the coast on Friday. But this cloud has nothing to do with "Narell." This is a separate storm arose in the desert.

Witnesses reported that the storm was preceded by good weather. When the storm hit, wind suddenly increased to 64 km / h and visibility deteriorated to 100 m

Unusual cloud was observed in 45 km from the coast of Australia before sunset on Wednesday. The rays of the setting sun illuminating it from below, natural colors added apocalypse.

© Handout | Reuters

© Brett Martin |

© Handout | Reuters

© Brett Martin |

© Brett Martin |

Source: News Gismeteo

Western Australia swept over a huge sandstorm

January 11, 2013. Residents of Onslow on the north-west of Australia witnessed a unique natural phenomenon for the region — a huge sandstorm. Video, which captures the rampant disaster, appeared Friday on the Internet.

Local Services reported that, before reaching the city, a tropical cyclone has overcome a considerable distance, picking up huge masses of red sand and dust on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Clouds of dust rose suddenly, causing reduced visibility to 100 meters.

Now the residents of the Northwest Australia are preparing for the arrival soon of another tropical cyclone — Narelle.

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Narelle cyclone passed close to Western Australia

January 11, 2013. This tropical cyclone reached the fourth category, approaching the northern coast of the Australian state of Western Australia. Despite the fact that the center of the cyclone reaches of the continent, warning of possible storm surges still has not been canceled in the area from Coral Bay to the Bay of Vim, including Karratha, Dampier, Onslow and Exmouth. Forecasters predict wind speed of 250 km / h in Pilbara coast.

In connection with the cyclone all mines located in the sea, and the nearest ports have already responded to the event and are temporarily closed for work, all employees were evacuated. These activities were not in vain, as the extreme section of the cyclone had a quite dangerous, though, and a spectacular view on the coast 45 km north-west of Onslow. Stormy wind lifted a sandstorm with the waves. Height of sand and water waves reached 2 meters and the wind was blowing at a speed of 72 km / h Visibility in the coast dropped to 100 meters.

Most likely, the strength of the cyclone will subside, but the "blue" code of danger for the coast remains in force. Residents of Pilbara advised to prepare all the necessary and monitor the immediate changes in the behavior of the cyclone. This is especially true, the Karratha to which Narelle as close as possible during the day or late night. Currently, the cyclone is 525 km north of Exmouth and 505 km north-west of Carats, moving at a speed of 15 km / h



Very strong tropical cyclone approaching the coast of Australia

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January 11, 2013. First of the season willy-willy (English, willy-willy) — So in the Timor Sea off the northwest coast of Australia called tropical cyclones? scored by the tropical storm category 4 and confidently approaching the shore. Along with getting rid of the heat tropical Cyclone "Narell" carries high winds, tides and surges are very strong thunderstorms. Along the coast Pilbara declared a storm warning.

Australia's national weather bureau said that "Narell" continues to confidently move to the south, south-west. On Friday in the area of Port Headland and Karratha wind speed reaches 100 km / h

Meteorologists noted that the temperature of the sea surface with the value of 29-30 ° C is an excellent "fuel" for the cyclone. This gives grounds to predict that within a day cyclone intensity is reduced and the land he will complete the tropical storm. Wave height can not exceed 3 meters. Along the coast is expected to scour the coastline and inundation of low-lying areas.

On Saturday wind strengthened near the center of the cyclone in the Coral Bay Eksmusa and gusts could reach 250 km / h On Sunday, the storm will reach Cuvier. Storm activity increase. Very heavy rainfall will be along the west coast of the Pilbara.

Met Office says that for a season on the coast of Western Australia on the average impact seven tropical cyclones.

Cyclone track "Narell." © Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology |

Tropical cyclone "Narell" at 06:25 GMT on 10 January 2013. © MODIS | NASA

Source: News Gismeteo

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