West Faces A Sixth Year Of Epic Drought

In some areas, conditions rival 1930s Dust Bowl.
April 27, 2004, 5am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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This is the sixth consecutive year of drought, "with portions of the usually verdant Rockies looking more like the Mojave Desert. In what scientists call a combination of drought cycles and global warming, nine Western states are seeing extreme dryness... The trauma, Miotke notes, has trickled down to affect thousands, from ranchers to grocery stores, restaurants, auto dealerships, and schools that will be receiving less tax revenue. 'A lot of ranchers over the last several years sank everything they had into irrigating their pastures.' "

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Published on Monday, April 26, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor
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