When to expect dust and wind erosion
Use the map to identify the peak time of year that dust is blowing, and use the knowledge to strengthen your wind erosion and ground cover management planning.
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The dust season is the time of year when dust activity is generally highest and most likely to occur. The graph shows the average number of dust events recorded for each calendar month. When viewed together as a whole year, you can see which months usually have a lot of dust activity. The dustiest months represent your dust season. We display the months of the year from July to June because most of the dust seasons in Australia occur between September and April.
Interested in more seasonal patterns? See the Regional data produced by the Modelled Wind Erosion project. There are monthly records for over a decade, which may reveal seasonal patterns in wind erosion extent and severity.
The location markers in the map are 'Stations'. These are meteorological (weather) stations operated by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
The NRM boundaries represent natural resource management regions as defined by the Australian Government, and further refined as per the report by Leys et al. 2009 "Improving the capacity to monitor wind erosion in Australia"
The data is sourced from Bureau of Meteorology records. Time period: overall average (1960-2010)
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