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Much of the Texas Panhandle and South Plains appears to be heading into severe drought conditions, despite heavy rains earlier in the summer.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, if the drought conditions continue as expected, it could take a heavy toll on crops in the region.

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Wind scrapes across the plains of southwest Kansas like few places in the country.

It drives a booming new industry of turbines that feeds electricity across the region. But at times, the wind gets out of hand.

This week, it plowed across the landscape, causing trucks to swerve on highways, kicking up dust clouds and freeing family pets by knocking down fences.

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Snow fell across the flatlands late Sunday night, and on into Monday morning, with as much as seven inches being dumped onto the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles.

As the Garden City Telegram noted, this snowfall followed another winter blast in Western Kansas last week, bringing concerns that the fall harvest would be delayed. Across the region, wheat planters were scrambling to get wheat planted before the snow arrived. On Sunday and Monday, Finney and Kearny counties saw peak amounts of snowfall.

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The High Plains just finished a scorching week of high temperatures, with the heat setting records in many places. We’re seeing a bit of relief now, but don’t get used to it.

The National Weather Service isn’t ruling out more 100-degree days later in the summer on the south plains, and things will only worsen as global warming continues to take its toll.

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The Texas and Oklahoma panhandles will be experiencing sizzling sunshine and scorching hot temperatures this week, along with hazy skies. The reason? The deserts of Africa appear to be sending their dust in our direction.

According to USA Today, this week's hot haze is due to heavy winds in the Sahara Desert sending dust across an ocean, which is now settling across parts of Texas and the High Plains, and into eastern New Mexico.