NASA scientists have confirmed that the Dust Bowl Drought of 1934 was the worst ever in the history of North America in the last 1000 years, said climate scientist Ben Cook from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

NASA partnered with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in order to study the severity of climate extremes in North America. The study, which used modern weather records alongside a drought record based on tree rings ranging from 1000 AD to 2005, was able to determine that the 1934 drought was the worst in the history of the continent. The runner up to the Dust Bowl drought occurred in 1580, the research results say.

The drought of 1934, which covered more than 71 percent of western North America, was caused by an immobile high pressure system that floated above the North American west coast for an entire winter, pushing wet weather away from the interior of the continent. Similar conditions led to droughts in both 2013 and in 2014 as well, the research study said, though the dust storms that gave the region its name in the 1930s also worked to discourage rainfall.

Also known as the Dust Bowl Days and the Dirty Thirties, the 1934 drought was 30 percent more disastrous compared to the 1580 drought that covered 71.6 percent of western North America. This year’s U.S. drought covers only 59.7 percent of the western states.

There were apparently two major events that occurred to concoct the 1934 drought. The first one involved a high pressure system that loomed over the U.S. west coast that averted rains.

The second was poor land and agriculture management that hindered the evaporation that would have helped form rainclouds.

This combination made for a deadly mix and caused the entire U.S. to suffer during this period, said study co-author Richard Seager.

Climate change will continue to strengthen the possibilities of strong droughts in North America, according to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

“We found that a lot of the drying that occurred in the spring time occurred downwind from where the dust storms originated, suggesting that it’s actually the dust in the atmosphere that’s driving at least some of the drying in the spring and really allowing this drought event to spread upwards into the central plains,” said Ben Cook, climate scientist, according to the release.

According to the recent Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate change will most likely cause severe droughts in North America so scientists are searching for clues from past events. Scientists are also especially concerned that fossil fuels continue to burn at an unprecedented rate along with fracking. These will fan the flames of climate change and can lead to megadroughts lasting up to 30 years.

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9 Responses

  1. Sol

    Lets see, true or False. There’s enough Carbon Dioxide being released into the atmosphere to exacerbate the Green house effect?

    Hmmmmmm, I dont know, lets see. Im not an expert on the subject, so lets turn to our Scholars and Elders on the subject. Ok, now, it seems I have a choice on which Wisemen to believe. So who should I choose. People with with PhD’s who dedicate their lives studying and Learning about a subject using a Centuries old Method that gets peer reviewed and scrutinized by hundreds to thousands of peers across the world looking to disprove the theory before the findings are aloud to be published in reputable Scientific journals and is done by those that have no Financial or any other interest in the subject other than learning and acquiring knowledge on the subject. Hmmm, or do I believe a Fox News Commentator that simply dismisses it with a wave of his hand attributing it to a Big evil Liberal conspiracy….hmmm, Phd Geeks versus Cigar smoking talk show hosts wearing $1000 suits ……hmmmmm….still thinking …..lets see, that’s a really tough one……

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  2. dano

    No, was not the 1934 Dustbowl. It was the runner up 1580 AD that started global warming- heating of log homes, Indian dances around the fire. #xcountryrush- could not resist.

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  3. larryw4csc

    Ah, Ben Cook, AGW religion bishop from NASA. Yep…This will be used to “Global Warm” the alarmism, if Benny has his way. Is Benny Hanson’s new replacement AGW Pope? What’s Hansen telling them, now??

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    • Sol

      Lets see, true or False. There’s enough Carbon Dioxide being released into the atmosphere to exacerbate the Green house effect?

      Hmmmmmm, I dont know, lets see. Im not an expert on the subject, so lets turn to our Scholars and Elders on the subject. Ok, now, it seems I have a choice on which Wisemen to believe.

      Theres the People with with PhD’s who dedicate their lives studying and Learning about a subject using a Centuries old Method that gets peer reviewed and scrutinized by hundreds to thousands of peers across the world looking to disprove the theory before the findings are aloud to be published in reputable Scientific journals and is done by those that have no Financial or any other interest other than learning and acquiring knowledge on the particular subject.

      Or do I believe a Fox News Commentator that simply dismisses it with a wave of his hand attributing it to a Big evil Liberal conspiracy out to do nothing but steal your money….hmmm, Phd Nerds versus Cigar smoking talk show hosts wearing $1000 suits ……hmmmmm….still thinking …..lets see, that’s a really tough one……

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      • larryw4csc

        There are the “People with with PhD’s who spend decades dedicating their lives studying and Learning about a subject using a Centuries old Method that gets peer reviewed and scrutinized by hundreds of thousands of fellow” theologians all telling me Jesus Christ, a mythical being they have no proof ever existed, is the TRUTH and I’m not supposed to question them because they have PhDs in divinity. This scam has been going on for 2000 years but no matter how many PhDs say it’s so…..it’s simply not so.

        CONCENSUS of these “People” is NOT science and goes against everything science stands for, whether it’s JC or climate or gallium arsenide light emitting diode physics. Making the bullshit deeper with degrees doesn’t make it smell any better….

  4. Mr_Cooncat

    Waiting for someone to say that the 1934 Dustbowl was caused by “Global Warming” (a.k.a. “Climate Change”) #hysteria

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