You Hear About Dry, But Until You See It, You Don't Get It

Kansas Viewpoint

Windy day dust storm is a reminder that it's really, really dry in central Kansas

Published on: January 7, 2011
I drove out to Stafford County today for the first of my six interviews with this year's Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemaker Award stories and on the return trip, I got a reminder that this has been an extraordinarily dry fall and winter in central Kansas.

Just west of Hutchinson, I had to pull off to the side of the road as gusty northwest winds picked up the topsoil from fields and hurled them across the road, temporarily cutting visibility to near zero.



DUSTY DAY: Blowing dirt filled the skies with haze and sometimes more than haze in central land western Kansas on Friday as wind gusts hit close to 60 mph and steady winds were clocked at nearly 30 mph across the state. The winds are in advance of a winter storm that is expected to dump snow across much of the state Sunday and Monday.

It was a reminder that the La Nina winter has brought very, very dry conditions to the region. Even fields under center pivots were not standing still on Friday and dryland, tilled fields were blowing heavily.

And while the slick roads and whiteout conditions in the forecast for the weekend are not exactly the stuff of dreams, today's conditions made it very obvious that the need for moisture is critical.