– Scientists say the dust bowl phenomenon is back (Al Jazeera, April 30, 2014):
A dozen years of drought has turned what was an agricultural green belt into fields of tumbleweeds
Parts of Colorado, and vast areas of New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, are experiencing their worst drought since the 1930s. Normal rainfall is 14 inches a year. Last year there was 3 inches, and scientists compare conditions to the Dust Bowl. Some are hopeful that the El Niño ocean warming some forecasters expect will finally bring rain to the parched land. Carol McKinley reports from Ordway, Colo.