Skip to comments.Dust Bowl Conditions Have Returned To Kansas, Oklahoma And North Texas
Posted on 05/29/2014 11:30:32 AM PDT by blam
In early 1978, a song entitled "Dust in the Wind" by a rock band known as Kansas shot up the Billboard charts. When Kerry Livgren penned those now famous lyrics, he probably never imagined that Dust Bowl conditions would return to his home state just a few short decades later. Sadly, that is precisely what is happening.
When American explorers first traveled through north Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, they referred to it as "the Great American Desert" and they doubted that anyone would ever be able to farm it. But as history has shown, when that area gets plenty of precipitation the farming is actually quite good. Unfortunately, the region is now in the midst of a devastating multi-year drought which never seems to end. Right now, 56 percent of Texas, 64 percent of Oklahoma and 80 percent of Kansas are experiencing "severe drought", and the long range forecast for this upcoming summer is not good.
In fact, some areas in the region are already drier than they were during the worst times of the 1930s. And the relentless high winds that are plaguing that area of the country are kicking up some hellacious dust storms. For example, some parts of Kansas experienced a two day dust storm last month. And Lubbock, Texas was hit be a three day dust storm last month. We are witnessing things that we have not seen since the depths of the Dust Bowl days, and unless the region starts getting a serious amount of rain, things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get any better.
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Severe drought feeds upon itself, you’ll see a storm cloud coming up, actually smell the rain but nothing hits the ground. It evaporates on the way down due to extremely low humidity and arid ground.
It’s a good thing this NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.
Now our govt can be certain it’s CLIMATE CHANGE!
Floods followed by droughts because of a govt beholden to environmentalists who don’t want to let us alter the biome to support human civilization.
Lubbock, TX made up its entire yearly rainfall deficit on Monday. The climate “experts” can only complain, but God makes it rain. Praise the Lord!
I’m sure it was welcomed, but a deluge on scorched, hard ground is going to be largely wasted as runoff.
Meanwhile...Libs push eating bugs, not taking baths or showers, eating small substandard vegetables, teaching your kids how to have sex at 4 yo.....
Joe Bastardi is predicting the returning “dust bowl” will be more of a mud bowl before summer is over.
Yes, and I certainly hope he is right. We had a good rain here in SE Texas. We’ve had two good ones this year but an April with 1.34” of rain. This week felt more “normal” than I have seen in a long time.
At the farm though we are still running about 2/3 of “normal”.
This article though looks like a lot of hand wringing from some child that does not consult history.
Rain at the right place and the right time are what matter.
We had a cold dry April here in Southern Michigan which meant few flowers on the fruit trees so there will be little fruit. Fortunately it was a pretty local phenomena so there shouldn’t be a big spike in prices.
So glad you had rain out there. Drove through that area last year for the first time in years and noticed all the wind farms which I didn’t realize were even there. I’m not a believer in global warming but I have to think that somehow the presence of these farms has to have an effect on the weather in that area.
Indeed, they should check out last week's Saturday summary:
He seems to rely heavily on historical data refined against current weather patterns.
However he does it, it works.
With all our dry creeks/rivers and low lakes no runoff is wasted. Lots of people up there irrigate anyway so if it goes in a lake or make it to ground water they will get it.
I used to go to Lake Travis in the 70’s and 80’s.
A very interesting book to read about the Dust Bowl is “The Worst Hard Times.” I’ve forgotten the author. If offers an unforgettable overview about the dust bowl. My grandparents told me stories so I was somewhat prepared for this.
Man plans, God Laughs!
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