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Why the Dust Bowl was hotter than this heat wave, despite global warming
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 25, 2022 02:31AM

Years of land mismanagement and unsustainable farming techniques degraded topsoil, which killed native species of grass that trapped soil moisture. The result? Unshakable drought and rolling dust storms that could travel hundreds of miles and turn day into night.

The lack of moisture meant that the air had a relatively low specific heat; in other words, it didn’t require much thermal energy to warm up, and could cool down quickly at night. That allowed temperatures to soar to inconceivable levels — hence the numerous states that made it to 120 degrees during the Dust Bowl.

Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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