From the ABC 7 Weather team

The Great Drought of 2011 vs. the 1930s Dust Bowl (PHOTOS)

July 13, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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The terrible drought in the economically stricken South is already drawing comparisons to the Dust Bowl of the "Dirty Thirties." Anybody remember what that looked like?

A massive, boiling fury of dust blots out the Texas sun in 1935. Apparently, this was a common occurrence back then.20 Photos
(Photo: National Weather Service/NOAA's National Weather Service Collection, Associated Press)

The Great Drought of 2011/2010 is so bad that the federal government has declared Texas a natural-disaster zone. The press is reporting unnerving scenes: Without rain to wash them away, alkali deposits are encrusting power lines and causing blackouts; cattle herds are being decimated due to lack of feed.

Because many of the states damaged by this drought are struggling for cash, also the case during the Great Depression, it's easy to draw comparisons between the current blight and the Dust Bowl of the "Dirty Thirties." But does anybody really remember what that horrid drought, rife with "Black Blizzards" and "Black Rollers," looked like? Check out these historical images from the collection of the National Weather Service and draw your own comparisons. (LINK TO PHOTO GALLERY.)

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