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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:22 PM
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Oklahoma sees driest four months since Dust Bowl
In most years, the dark clouds over western Oklahoma in the spring would be bringing rain. This year, they're more likely to be smoke from wildfires that have burned thousands of acres in the past month as the state and its farmers struggle with a severe drought.

Oklahoma was drier in the four months following Thanksgiving than it has been in any similar period since 1921. That's saying a lot in the state known for the 1930s Dust Bowl, when drought and high winds generated severe dust storms that stripped the land of its topsoil.

Neighboring states are in similar shape as the drought stretches from the Louisiana Gulf coast to Colorado, and conditions are getting worse, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The area in Texas covered by an extreme drought has tripled in the past month to 40 percent, and in Oklahoma it nearly doubled in one week to 16 percent, according to the monitor's March 29 update.

An extreme drought is declared when there's major damage to crops or pasture and widespread water shortages or restrictions.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/apr/06/us-food-and... /

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plcdude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:28 PM
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1. Yes it is
actually a bit disconcerting don't you think?
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:30 PM
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2. Yeah, it's pretty bad.
The lakes are all really low, and my grass just crunches beneath my feet. All the mountain bike trails are like sandboxes.
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plcdude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:52 PM
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3. same here
in north central OK. We need rain badly. I am enjoying the new warm days though and I am ready for summer and to open my pool.
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