Desdemona Despair covers an AP story with the scary sounding headline: Oklahoma sees driest four months since Dust Bowl:
Oklahoma was drier in the four months following Thanksgiving than it has been in any similar period since 1921. That's saying a lot in the state known for the 1930s Dust Bowl, when drought and high winds generated severe dust storms that stripped the land of its topsoil.The map above shows the current Palmer Drought Severity Index (courtesy of the National Weather Service). You can see that indeed there's a moderate to severe drought stretching from Louisiana in the east into southern Arizona in the west. There are even pockets of extreme drought in eastern Texas.
Neighboring states are in similar shape as the drought stretches from the Louisiana Gulf coast to Colorado, and conditions are getting worse, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The area in Texas covered by an extreme drought has tripled in the past month to 40 percent, and in Oklahoma it nearly doubled in one week to 16 percent, according to the monitor's March 29 update. …
Mike Spradling, the president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, said many wheat farmers have considered just plowing under their fields and switching to another crop.
Associate state climatologist Gary McManus said conditions have actually gotten worse since crops began emerging. The plants have rapidly sucked up the limited moisture in the soil.
However, this is what the dustbowl looked like:
To compare current events to that is complete hyperbole. Watch these animations, and you'll see that most years there's a drought somewhere in the United States. Right now it happens to be in and around Texas. That's all.