Dust Bowl Conditions Are Literally Returning To The Western Half Of The United States
June 11th, 2013
What would you do if a 15 hour dust storm with winds up to 60 miles an hour hit your home and afterwards there were three foot drifts of dirt covering everything that you owned? As crazy as that sounds, that is exactly what is now happening in some areas of the western United States. Three years of severe drought has turned the soil of much of the western United States into a fine powder that the wind can easily pick up. As a result, we are seeing “apocalyptic” dust storms unlike anything the region has seen since the days of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Farmers and ranchers are literally watching their valuable topsoil being blown away by the wind and there is not a whole lot that they can do about it. So what is going to happen if the drought continues? As I mentioned in a previous article, according to scientists the 20th century was the wettest century in the western half of the United States in 1000 years. Unfortunately, they are also telling us that things are reverting back to more “normal” historical patterns, and that is very bad news for farmers and ranchers. So are we heading toward a full-blown replay of the Dust Bowl days? Or could the coming years actually end up being worse than the Dust Bowl? Those are very sobering questions to consider.
The following is one account of a horrifying dust storm that occurred in Colorado back in May that comes from a recent Daily Mail article…
For Jillane Hixson and her husband Dave Tzilkowski, the huge financial loss to their land, Hixson Farm four miles south of Lamar, caused by the 60mph hurling ‘dust devil’ has left them ‘shellshocked’ and depressed’.
The couple were trapped in their home for about 15 hours from May 24 as the punishing storm rolled around them.
‘You hear sand and dirt pounding against the window,’ Hixson told The Denver Post.
‘You know that it’s your crop that’s hitting the windows and blowing away, and it’s not just affecting you, but also everyone else.
‘You can’t stand to look at it. It’s like a train wreck, looking a disaster full in the face.
‘At one point, the sand was pounding on the glass so hard, I didn’t know if it was hail or dirt.
As the fog of dirt seeped through cracks in the house, the couple was forced to cover their faces with handkerchiefs.
‘It was in your nose, on your tongue, in your eyes,’ Hixson said.
They went to bed at 11 p.m, putting their heads under the blankets to shield them from the noise and the dirt.
The storm had passed by the next morning, but three-foot drifts of dirt covered everything.