No doubt the current mild climate is worse than the Dust Bowl – but it is worse than it seems. Something fishy is going on with the official data. Most of the drought area has received heavy rain over the last two weeks (as much as 12 inches in Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee) but the US drought monitor shows the drought getting much worse.
I have been in contact with The US Drought Monitor and Rich Tinker at NOAA. They promised an explanation by last Friday, but I haven’t received it yet.