I feel like living in Oklahoma I’m right in the middle of this. Last year we had the hottest summer ever, which was only made somewhat OK because we beat out Texas. Recently we’ve been getting grass fires all over the place, this weekend forcing evacuations of towns to the east and west of where I live.
The people I’ve talked to, including relatives, who lived through the dust bowl have said that minus the dust, this is as bad as it was back then. A few more years of summers like this and unnaturally warm winters, winter lasted about 2 weeks this year, and who knows.