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How Dry We Are: Current Drought Reminiscent of Dust Bowl Days
Cybercast News Service ^ | January 10, 2013 | Patrick Burke

Posted on 01/10/2013 12:35:31 PM PST by Olog-hai

Almost 62 percent (61.8%) of the continental United States experienced drought in July 2012, making it the largest drought-affected area since the end of the “Dust Bowl” era in December 1939, when 62.1 percent of the U.S. was drought-stricken, the USDA said.

According to the Palmer Drought Index—which covers 113 years and is used for historical comparison purposes—the worst drought ever recorded was in July 1934, when 79.9 percent of the continental U.S. was affected.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, since 1999, has used a new Drought Monitor to determine the extent of agricultural drought.

As of Jan. 1, the Drought Monitor showed that 61.09 percent of the continental U.S. was experiencing drought—down from the September 2012 peak of 65.45 percent. …

(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...


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. . . and we are currently ruled by a government that wants to call more curses down upon us.
1 posted on 01/10/2013 12:35:36 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

We’re a virtual rain forest compared to the dust bowl and last summer was as bad as I’ve ever seen it.


2 posted on 01/10/2013 12:47:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai
This image from the Rutgers Snow Lab shows that there was so much snow in the Northern Hemisphere that it broke a December record.



Greatest Snow on Record for December
3 posted on 01/10/2013 12:47:36 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: cripplecreek
We’re a virtual rain forest compared to the dust bowl ...
But, but, the gubmint says otherwise. Who are you going to believe, your lyin' eyes or Uncle Sugar?
4 posted on 01/10/2013 12:52:59 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Olog-hai

Saw the recent TV series on The Dust Bowl. It was pretty hard on the resident people. The TV series attributed the worst to over-farming and farming techniques. Anyone still around from families of the 1934-9 era to give us a first hand account? or did you take off to elsewhere?


5 posted on 01/10/2013 1:16:19 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: ex-snook

The last dust bowl in the southern plains formed in the mid-1950’s—the “filthy fifties.”


6 posted on 01/10/2013 1:28:51 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Olog-hai

Wy do we have drought? Global warming

How bad is it? Almost as bad as the dustbowl days.

Did global warming case the dustbowl drought? Hmm


7 posted on 01/10/2013 3:08:00 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Olog-hai
". . . and we are currently ruled by a government that wants to call more curses down upon us."

Yes, and there are also the vanities and robberies perpetrated by many local governments and exaggerating, gossipy neighbors under cover of environmentalism, animal worship, "property values," and the like, to provoke even more numerous prayers for curses. No problem, though. Stay proud, volks. Things will get straitened out in due time, after a few million or so houses rot.





8 posted on 01/10/2013 3:24:50 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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