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EXCLUSIVE: Huge Global Dust Storms Darken Skies and Parch the Earth.

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posted on Apr, 19 2006 @ 12:47 PM

Originally posted by LazarusTheLong
Just a point regarding drought.
Doesn't the decrease of water coming down, start to depleat underground aquifers also?

Drought is now spreading back east. Maybe they should look into building desalination plants on the coasts.

You think this is hot? Drought possible
Meteorologists at AccuWeather said in a prepared statement the weather patterns are similar to those in the 1930s when the nation struggled through the Dust Bowl drought.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Severe Plains weather indicates possible 'Dust Bowl' return
Drought conditions similar to Dust Bowl
Summer forecast doesn’t hold water

7-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year

30 day animations of US daily streamflow maps
Indicator Maps for U.S. Drought Monitor
Climate of 2006 - March in Historical Perspective

[edit on 23-4-2006 by Regenmacher]

posted on Apr, 19 2006 @ 09:12 PM
I noticed Africa is being hit big time. Poor guys- do they ever get a break?

posted on Apr, 19 2006 @ 09:42 PM
This was not even reported anything ,nothing on most major TV
East Coast ,USA .I viewed it here and showed others how to see It .

Crazy how something like this is always skiped over would never
see it ,sep ATS .I swear I love this place .

posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 12:37 AM

Originally posted by vertol
This was not even reported anything ,nothing on most major TV
East Coast ,USA .I viewed it here and showed others how to see It .

Crazy how something like this is always skiped over would never
see it ,sep ATS .I swear I love this place .

I have to agree with you. After seeing this thread i checked and there was nothing about it. I've watched the news on television and haven't seen any mention of dust storms as well. GOOD THREAD.

posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 01:34 AM

It was at the end of the fourth day that the third Vision came to him. As he gazed out onto the landscape toward the setting sun, the sky suddenly turned back to a liquid and then turned blood red. As far as his eyes could see, the sky was solid red, with no variation in shadow, texture, or light. The whole of creation seemed to have grown still, as if awaiting some unseen command. Time, place, and destiny seemed to be in limbo, stilled by the bleeding sky. He gazed for a long time at the sky, in a state of awe and terror, for the red color of the sky was like nothing he had ever seen in any sunset or sunrise. The color was that of man, not of Nature, and it had a vile stench and texture. It seemed to burn the Earth wherever it touched. As sunset drifted to night, the stars shone bright red, the color never leaving the sky, and everywhere was heard the cries of fear and pain.

Again the warrior spirit appeared to Grandfather, but this time as a voice from the sky. Like thunder, the voice shook the landscape, saying, "This, then, is the third sign, the night of the bleeding stars. It will become known throughout the world, for the sky in all lands will be red with the blood of the sky, day and night. It is then, with this sign of the third probable future, that there is no longer hope. Life on the Earth as man has lived it will come to an end, and there can be no turning back, physically or spiritually. It is then, if things are not changed during the second sign, that man will surely know the destruction of the Earth is at hand. It is then that the children of the Earth must run to the wild places and hide. For when the sky bleeds fire, there will be no safety in the world of man."

Just thought it would be interesting to post that.

posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 05:42 AM
Woa! Taking major issue on this map...

Apparently the state ranking is done by taking precipitation measures for all reporting locations in the state and then striking an average for the month and applying it to the whole state; then comparing it to the average historical rainfall. Our area of Oklahoma is in a drought bigtime, but they have the whole state ranked at 82 out of 112 (with 112 being the wettest).

[edit on 4-20-2006 by Valhall]

posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 10:21 AM

this is a cool video.just found it looking for funny stuff.shows how day can turn to night in seconds and this is a small one too

posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 10:31 AM
I think this may have to do with this:

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I havent read this thread fully, but something this way comes.

And, as luck would have it, i am at the furthermost point in the Atlantic Ocean.

posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 10:37 AM
freaky dgtempe.was just reading that a sec ago. maybe time you took that eagerly awaited climbing trip to everest. how far is impact from you?

posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 10:48 AM

Go here:'

I dont want to hijack this wonderful thread. Thank you!

posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 01:00 PM
Regenmacher - Do you have anything on Canada? Esp. southern Manitoba?

...We've been flooding here, with unseasonably warm temps - but it looks like we're slated for drought too. ...?

posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 01:08 PM
As I understand it, one of the greatest factors preceeding drought conditions has nothing to do with how much moisture is in the system, but rather when that moisture enters the system.

If there is a rush of early melt due to unseasonably warm temps, combined with lots of precipitation, there's more than enough moisture in the system, but it doesn't stick around long enough to do any good during the heat of summer.

My understanding of the situation may be flawed, but as far as I know, early melt, even combined with big rainfalls, doesn't reduce drought. Late melts reduce drought.

Can someone please correct me if I'm wrong about this?

posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 03:12 PM

Originally posted by soficrow
Regenmacher - Do you have anything on Canada? Esp. southern Manitoba?

Looks okay by you, but up by Edmonton it's pretty dry.
Map here:

More maps and data here:

Drought Watch Maps for Canada

North American Drought Monitor

posted on Apr, 22 2006 @ 10:20 PM
I just tripped over an incredible photo essay on climate change: - pdf

posted on Apr, 23 2006 @ 08:19 AM
Our local meterology team had been talking about how hot and dry it was going to be, hinting twards another dust bowl. SO, I emailed them, and asked them about what we had been talking about here. He said that the dust bowl had more to do with poor agriculture techniques and bad irrigation than drought. He said that we wouldnt see a dust bowl again because we have come so far in farming tech. I can try and post the email if anyone is interested.

I also did some checking into it myself. I remembered studying it back in school. After the dust bowl the president at the time (thinking it was Truman, but will have to recheck that) brought us out of the depression, and helped the farming industry by hiring a bunch of people to plant trees. That is why when you drive by a farm, there is a row of trees seperating and surounding fields. The trees basicly keep the dirt from going anywhere via runnoff or wind. That on top of rotating crops, SHOULD keep us from having another dust bowl. One of the larger factors in the dust bowl was that up to that time, the farmers in the area, leveled everything, and never rotated the crops. By not rotating, the soil was stripped of nutrients, kind of like dead usless dirt. Therefore most of their crops began to die. Add, hot weather, and drought to the mix, the ground was left baren....nothing but dirt. With out any grass left (they tore up all grass and trees to plant crops) there was nothing to hold the dirt in place. Voila the dust bowl.

posted on Apr, 23 2006 @ 12:20 PM
Dust storms marches anew in Asia.

Hi-res images available here -

Dust Storm to Hit Peninsula on Monday
However, the storm accompanied by strong gusts is not expected to be as serious as the April 8 storm _ the worst since 2002 _ that blanketed the peninsula.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Apr, 23 2006 @ 02:21 PM
Its a gloomy day in the North East, and windy...but i noticed the air is thick and there's a red hue to the air...almost like Arizona on a dusty day...


posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 09:17 AM
Korea in recovery mode from latest dust storm.

Bridges over the Han River in Seoul are seen in this aerial photo during a yellow dust storm April 24, 2006. The Korea Metrological Administration issued a yellow dust storm warning on Monday.

A South Korean couple wear masks to protect themselves from yellow dust in Pusan, about 420km (261 miles) southeast of Seoul April 24, 2006. The Korean Meteorological Administration issued a yellow dust storm warning on Monday.

Dust Plagues People -Korea Times
Students, workers and others on Monday suffered the effects of a choking dust storm that blanketed the peninsula.

Dust storms have become a serious environmental and health concern due to their combination of dust and pollutants from industrial cities in eastern China. As deforestation and desertification accelerate, along with prolonged hot, dry weather in inland China the past couple of years, this year’s dust storms have been more frequent, with five storms over eight days this month.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Aamrillo met says it's the first time they had to issue a dust storm warning. The big brush fires earlier this year destroyed a lot of foliage cover that stops wind erosion.

Change keeps meteorologist on his toes -Amarillo, TX
We issued the first dust storm warning in March. No one (currently) here could remember having issued one before. It was pretty insane. Just because there are no storms doesn't mean we're not doing anything.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Springfield, Missouri starts water rationing.

City to cut water use by 10 percent
In addition to a yearlong drought, city water reserves were lessened by 15 million gallons a day when all three pumps bringing water from Stockton Lake into Springfield's reservoirs broke down. A temporary barge-mounted pumping station will be installed this week at the Stockton facility and will begin pumping 14 million gallons of water a day to Springfield.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

UK small businesses to suffer from drought.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on the Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett to deny the water companies these drought orders.
Window cleaners and car washing companies in particular are at severe risk because the main resource for their trade is threatened.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

USDA: Conditions Remain Dry in Southern Plains
Rain not enough to end drought in Pennsylvania
Rhode Island reaches early stage of drought
Brownsville, TX gets $1.3mil to try filtering Gulf water
Climate change effects seen in sugar maple
Texas: Thermometer reading above normal for April

7-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year.
Drought Watch -- USGS State Information on Drought

[edit on 24-4-2006 by Regenmacher]

posted on Apr, 28 2006 @ 11:42 AM
NASA launches sats to collect more data on aerosols and global dimming phenomena.

NASA Launches Satellites For Weather, Climate, Air Quality Studies
Two NASA satellites were launched Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on missions to reveal the inner secrets of clouds and aerosols, tiny particles suspended in the air.

"With the successful launch of CloudSat and Calipso we take a giant step forward in our ability to study the global atmosphere," said Calipso Principal Investigator Dr. David Winker of NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. "In the years to come, we expect these missions to spark many new insights into the workings of Earth's climate and improve our abilities to forecast weather and predict climate change."

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

New NASA Sites
CloudSat Satellite
Calipso Satellite

Meanwhile Mongolia that has been plagued with sandstorms,
now suffers from a widspread outbreak of wild fires.

April 25, 2006 - Fires and Burn Scars in Mongolia

This MODIS image from the Terra satellite, acquired April 23, 2006, shows large fires burning in the foothills of the mountains that separate Russia (north) from Mongolia (south). The red dots show actively burning areas - the burn scars left from the fire are visible in dark brown. White smoke from the fires is blowing towards the southeast. This image is true color and using bands 1,3,4.

Other fire news:
Wildfires already burning in Manitoba
Wildfires spread through New Mexico state parks
US National Fire News

Drought news:
Chinese province suffers worst drought in 55 years
Australia: More of south-east NSW may be drought declared
Florida: Scarce Rainfall May Force City To Limit Water

posted on May, 3 2006 @ 12:51 AM
Sure. it's not a good thing, but cool to watch from a distance (thanks for the pics). However, this has happened thousands of times in world history, long before man was here. By the way, the link in a post, above mentioned a 3C rise in temps. Crapola! Recent studies of information from the TYROS2 satellite, launched in the 70's, show

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