View Full Version : New Research Helps Explain Dust Bowl Drought

2005-Sep-10, 05:10 PM
SUMMARY: Scientists think they have an explanation for the "dust bowl" droughts of the 1930s, which helped to cause the Great Depression in the United States. Using a climate model called NASA's Seasonal-to-Interannual Prediction Project (NSIPP), researchers were able to see how unusual temperatures in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans could divert the path of the jet stream, which normally dumps rain in the US Great Plains. This lack of water created a feedback loop which reinforced the drought, which is why it lasted for nearly a decade.

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