Southwest's drought rivals Dust Bowl

Dust storms rake Southern Plains despite much-improved farming practices

Posted: May 11, 2014 at 5:42 a.m.

High winds create a dust storm across the Texas panhandle, shrouding Amarillo in a cloud of red dirt on April 29. Droughts in several states have made some areas drier than they were during the Dust Bowl period in the 1930s.

The sky turns pink or brown as the dust clouds billow and swirl on the Southern Plains, leaving those caught outdoors with grit on their teeth and in their eyes, much like the days of the Dust Bowl.

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