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Why more rain can create more dust on the South Plains

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A dusty day in Lubbock (Source: KCBD File Photo by John Berry) A dusty day in Lubbock (Source: KCBD File Photo by John Berry)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The heavy rains of the last few days have combined with today's winds to produce a dusty day in West Texas. But how can this be? Shouldn't rain help compact the dirt and keep it from blowing?

According to cotton farmer, Richard Adams, the heavy and significant rains have formed a "crust of dirt" that allows the winds to pick up the small particles of dirt and send them into the atmosphere.

Farmers have been in the fields today with "sand fighting equipment" to break up the soil. This will help to decrease the dirt in the air which will help to decrease damage to young plants.

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