Australian Dust Storm Causes “Red Wave” Off Continent’s Western Coast

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An intense dust storm in Western Australia allegedly led to the creation of a “red wave” off the coast of On Wednesday evening. Officials with the country’s Bureau of Meteorology told the Newcastle Herald the “red wave” spectacle was caused by a combination of wind and rain that kicked up rust-colored sand and dust into the air and forced the cloud of debris out to sea.

“We were steaming along in the boat just before sunset and the storm was casually building in the distance, then it got faster and faster and it went from glass to about 40 knots in two minutes,” said Brett Martin, one of the photographers on the boat, to The West Australian. “It was like a big dust storm under a thunderhead, there was a lot of lightning but not a lot of rain.”