On the morning of September 24, 2009, the dense dust that had covered eastern Australia the previous day blew south over the Tasman Sea towards New Zealand. The MODIS on NASAís Terra satellite captured this photo-like image of the storm on September 24, at 11:10 a.m., New Zealand time (23:10 UTC on September 23). The dust plume is still densely concentrated in this image, attesting to the strength of the winds. The plume is clearly entrained in the storm system that brought the winds to Australia in the first place. The plume underlies the storm clouds, sharing their fish-hook shape.
The image covers approximately 2,300 kilometers (1,429 miles) from north to south, about the same distance from New York City to the center of Kansas in the middle of the United States. The lower half of New Caledonia Island is visible along the top edge of the image. Hidden by clouds, the northern shore of New Zealandís South Island is outlined in the lower right corner of the image.