Fog? No it's just a mini Dust Bowl!
As I drove home from work yesterday, I glanced away from the highway to the north and suddenly realised it looked like there was thick fog over the hills 3 miles away and the visibility was poor! At first I thought there must be a wildfire and it was thick smoke, but then I realised it was a reddish brown, not white as with a grass fire. Suddenly I realised it was dirt/dust blown up into the air by the horrendous winds we have had here for the past 3 days!I called the Hubster and said "I can't see the hills just north because of the dust in the air" and he just laughed and said "yep, but this isn't anything really".Have you noticed the count on my NW Okieland Rain-o-meter top left? Yes, we have now gone 84 days without rain, in other words none since January 1st! But I started that on the first day of this year, we haven't ACTUALLY had any rain here since a week or so before Christmas!The Hubster told me that the 'old timers' are saying the drought is worse now than in the 1930's when this area was part of the infamous 'Dust Bowl'. The only thing that is saving us now from huge rolling clouds of dust, is the CRP (Crop Reduction Program) which pays farmers to grass over former crop land. But it is still a wierd site to think you're seeing smoke/fog/mist, and then realise it's actually dirt filled air!There's still no rain in our forecast, but there is a glimmer of hope on Friday and of course being Oklahoma weather, it's typically crazy!Yes we started this week with 84 degree's on Monday, but on Friday they are predicting this area will have a very significant SNOW STORM!! Now when you live here you soon learn to take any weather predictions with a huge pinch of salt, but it really is looking like we may get dumped on big time. And I think I can guarantee that if NW Okieland is under a foot of snow Saturday morning, you'll not hear one of us bitching about it!Start sending your 'deep snow for NW Okieland' prayers upwards.