Picture this: A software engineer pulls off Highway 83 because the dirt is so thick he can't see. Dirt drifts that require a farmer to get the scoop out for the tractor so he can clean up. A layer of fine dust covers everything in the house, and people huddle in their bed and cover their heads so they can breathe. Scenes from a Ken Burn's documentary? No, it's happened seven times over the past few months right here on the high plains.