Dust storms due to dry conditions

Posted at: 06/17/2013 6:20 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Here’s a recipe for you. Take wind, add dirt and subtract water. Voila! You’ve got a dust storm!

We can brace ourselves for more dust storms like the one that sand-blasted parts of the Albuquerque metro on Sunday afternoon. New Mexico has no shortage of wind in the springtime, and we never run out of dirt and sand. What’s missing is soil moisture as we head into our third straight summer of extreme drought. That means it doesn’t take much to kick up a good-size duster like the one that blew through town on Father’s Day.

So, will we ever see anything like the Dust Bowl storms that ripped through the Great Plains back in the 1930s? Probably not. Poor agricultural practices led to those huge suffocating storms, and we do better these days, but who knows  if the drought lasts long enough all bets are off.