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Jasper Kok quoted in USA Today—7 died in an Illinois dust storm pileup — will climate change bring more such tragedies?

“In general, dust storms in agricultural areas are not uncommon and will arise during strong wind events if the topsoil is dry and if the soil is bare. These conditions occur during a drought and before vegetation starts growing, including in early spring,” said Jasper Kok, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.