Drought and searing heat in Texas: Is this the face of global warming?

The Why Files - The cold front that blew through Lubbock, Texas on Oct. 17 raised a dust storm not seen since the 1930s Dust Bowl. The dust storm, seen in this movie, is called a “haboob,” an event more common to Saudi Arabia than Texas.

The cold front that blew through Lubbock, Texas on Oct. 17 raised a dust storm not seen since the 1930s Dust Bowl. The dust storm, seen in this movie, is called a “haboob,” an event more common to Saudi Arabia than Texas.

On Oct. 17, a cold front blowing through Lubbock, Tex. raised a red dust cloud that recalled the awesome Dust Bowl of the 1930s, an epoch of drought, enormous dust storms, poverty and social upheaval that depopulated the Great Plains.

 The 2011 dust storm served as an exclamation point on a cruel Texan summer, with drought, wildfires, and temperature records that would not quit. On Oct. 19, the Lower Colorado River Authority, source of much water in the Southwest, warned customers that the drought was likely to force another 20 percent cut in water supplies.

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