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September 2009

With and without dust

A quick postscript on yesterday's massive dust storm across eastern Australia (and a preview for the next one). Two photos of the Mungo Scott flour mill at Summer Hill, one that I took from the platform at Lewisham station on a bright sunny day a few weeks back, the other taken from the same spot yesterday morning.

Dust storm over Sydney

An amazing dust storm over Sydney this morning, the result of a number of remarkable climatic events. A big cold front, the result of unseasonably warm September weather, whipping up huge amounts of dust from the central Australian drought, bringing strong winds to the eastern seaboard of New South Wales and dumping its load all over Sydney and Newcastle.

Here's my Flickr slideshow of pics that I took this morning, and the ABC's extensive reportage.

Ponting’s T20 workload increases after T20 retirement

(Update: See the first comment for a Postscript to this article.)

Ricky Ponting will play more Twenty20 cricket in 2010 than in 2009 despite his announcement on Monday of his retirement from the three-hour version of the game at international level.