From today’s New York Times, a story about Boise City, Oklahoma:
Survivor of Dust Bowl Now Battles a Fiercer Drought
As I said before:
No, no, no.
The Dust Bowl was decadal in scale. In the Oklahoma Panhandle, where Boise City is located, the dry went on for year after year – nine consecutive years in the 1930s with below-average precipitation. In the 2009-10 water year, the Panhandle had average precip. This year is, indeed, extreme. But the average over the previous decade is slightly above average. This is a very bad one-year drought. It is nothing like the Dust Bowl.