The Great Dust Bowl

A dust storm approaches Elkhart, Kansas, in May 1937

A dust storm approaches Elkhart, Kansas, in May 1937

The Great Dust Bowl of the 1930s, exacerbating the pain and suffering of the Great Depression and seared into the consciousness of America by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and a host of iconic photographs, has long challenged climatologists to account for its intensity and persistence. Now a new study encapsulated in this brief report on “Predicting Droughts With Greater Certainty” in Science Daily adds to our understanding of the causes and conditions of the Great Dust Bowl. It also exposes new avenues for enhancing current climate models by adding depth to the data which grounds their validity.

For more images of Dust Bowl Kansas and neighboring states, visit Kansas State University’s multimedia The Dust Bowl

Advertisements
Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Summer Reading Program Begins

Today at 10 AM the Haysville Community Library Summer Reading Program for 2009 kicked off with the rousing initial performance by Thad Beach before an audience of 142 enthusiastic kids and 27 parents.

IMG_1537

IMG_1527

IMG_1528

Next week two performances are scheduled: Jo Ho on Tuesday June 9th at 10 AM, and Mad Science on Thursday June 11th at 10 AM.

We hope to see you there.

Published in: on June 4, 2009 at 10:36 am  Leave a Comment  

The Big Move — Day 3

20090603_1

20090603_2

20090603_4

20090603_5

20090603_6

20090603_7

20090603_8

20090603_9

20090603_10

20090603_11

20090603_12

Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

. . . and Continues

20090602_54

20090602_55

20090602_56

20090602_57

20090602_58

20090602_59

20090602_60

Published in: on June 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

. . . and Continues

IMG_1496

IMG_1497

IMG_1498

IMG_1499

IMG_1500

IMG_1501

IMG_1502

IMG_1503

IMG_1504

Published in: on June 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Big Move Begins . . .

Volunteers and library staff members began the final inventory and packing of the library for the big move to the brand new Haysville Community Library. Later this week or the next the new shelves should be delivered and assembled. Inventory – a long and involved process – will consume the next two weeks, and as we evaluate, count and assess each and every book in the collection, we’ll also be packing and moving. By the end of the month, we’ll back in operation in our new location.

In the meantime, of course, the Summer Reading Program continues at the old library, as do sales of citywide cleanup permits. For details on these, see the immediately preceding post.

Here’s a little of what transpired at the beginning of our first inventory and moving day:

IMG_1486

IMG_1487

IMG_1488

IMG_1489

IMG_1490

IMG_1491

IMG_1492

IMG_1493

IMG_1494

IMG_1495

Published in: on June 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm  Leave a Comment