Friday, April 06, 2007

Think of It as Retro Weather

If you loved the Dust Bowl, you're in luck! Scientists say that Texas is headed toward Dust Bowl-like drought in the next 15 years. The best news: it's permanent. Sez the D(a)MN:

Texas almost certainly faces a future of perpetual drought as bad as the record dry years of the 1950s because of global warming, climate scientists said in a study published Thursday.

The trend toward a drier, hotter southwestern U.S., including all of Texas, probably has already begun and could become strikingly noticeable within about 15 years, according to a study led by Richard Seager of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Drought conditions are expected to resemble the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s and Texas' worst-ever drought of the 1950s, Dr. Seager said. Unlike those droughts, however, the new conditions won't be temporary, the study found. "This time, once it's in, it's in for good," Dr. Seager said.

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