Show us your willy

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 16:59
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I was looking at some trip photos and came accross a shot of a willy willy and was wondering if any had experienced something similar? That is us on the road dodging the thing as it was picking up al sorts of debris.



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Reply By: greydemon - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 17:20

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 17:20
For some reason I can't view your picture (might be blocked at work), but I know what they look like .... when you can actually see them. A couple of years back I drove right through one which was sitting in the middle of a wide tarmac road without any debris to speak of. The buffeting I got frightened the life out of me, I pulled over and looked back to see a couple of bits of paper high in the air, then it moved off the road into a paddock, picked up dust and dead grass, and I could only then see what I had hit. An interesting experience, I am glad that there wasn't a car coming the other way at the time.
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Reply By: Alan H (Narangba QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 17:23

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 17:23
We saw lots at Christmas time Noccundra Hotel to Broken Hill. Hot days produce them!

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 17:25

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 17:25
Here is a big willy

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 17:27

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 17:27
Now that is a serious Willy David but were you that guy on the pony in front?

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Reply By: Member - Andrew W (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 17:37

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 17:37
In December from Terowie to Charleville they were constant companions - left, right, in front, big, small, but never really a threat.

They do cut a nice clean line through some of the paddocks ...
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 21:09

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 21:09
I have one published in the Discover Australia by 4WD books edited by Ron and Viv Moon. It is in the Northern Territory section.
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Reply By: Member - eerfree(QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 21:59

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 21:59
Sorry
I do not have a big willy but I have a beaut photo of Billy Connelly!!!!

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Reply By: Footloose - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 23:54

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 23:54
We used to call the bigger ones "mini tornados". When I was a kid one tore the roofs off 6 houses in a row in the middle of a beautiful calm summers day. I still remember the damage in that street.
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Reply By: Muzzgit [WA] - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 00:00
We had a close encounter with one while stopped for lunch in Kalbarri. It came thru the gravel carpark we stopped in and headed straight for our little set up with camp table and chairs between two campers.

It changed direction 90 degrees and headed off across the road. The edge of it missed us by 20 feet I recon. I didn't realise how much power a little one could generate.
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Reply By: Member - Toytruck (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 09:34

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 09:34
I saw on destroy a shearing shed out near Carinda back in the late 80's. There was shat spread for kilometers. I remember picking up sheets of iron up to a K or so away.

Never had a camera back then.

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