This summer’s excessive heat and drought evoke memories of the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s. This 5-minute video, produced by public broadcasting station KVIE, features interviews with Oklahomans who lived through the Dust Bowl. Experts review the causes and consequences of the drought and wind erosion that caused dust storms and consecutive crop failures across the Midwest.
Climatologist Gary McManus says this summer’s heat and drought conditions are comparable to the 1930s Dust Bowl, however “it is important to remember that this episode is only 10 months old whereas those droughts lasted much longer. Imagine this drought and similar summer heat for another 10 years.”
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