Posted 11/24/2012 04:25 (#2713664) Subject: 2004 NASA Study on cause of Dust Bowl
North Central Oregon
I was chasing Internet Rabbit Trails, Investigating what kind of weather other parts of the world experienced during the Dust Bowl, Looking at Sea Temps (Currently Historically High for the North Atlantic +11 degrees F in some areas). In my searches I found a article that noted NASA released a paper in 2004 on their theory of what caused the Dust Bowl.
"The study found cooler than normal tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperatures combined with warmer tropical Atlantic Ocean temperatures to create conditions in the atmosphere that turned America's breadbasket into a dust bowl from 1931 to 1939. The team's data is in this week's Science magazine.
These changes in sea surface temperatures created shifts in the large-scale weather patterns and low level winds that reduced the normal supply of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and inhibited rainfall throughout the Great Plains."
Sounds Familiar and like they pretty much nailed it considering what is going on right now. With El Nino not returning with the strength it was initially predicted to attain leaving the Pacific cool, and the Atlantic having record high Temps, It leaves one to wonder if the pattern of the 30's could be returning. At the very least it doesn't bode well for breaking the drought in the center of the country in the near future.
Not a lot we can do but Keep Praying and Plan Well. Praying for all of you in the heart of the drought.