Dust bowl

In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains—the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the “Dust Bowl."

Tempestades de poeira, as "Dust bowls" são incríveis e destruidoras. Esta ocorreu durante a Grande Depressão, nas planícies secas do Texas - EUA.

Sayings and stories about Oklahoma weather, as well as Guthrie's songs and John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath, helped perpetuate Oklahoma's Dust Bowl image.

Sayings and stories about Oklahoma weather, as well as Guthrie's songs and John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath, helped perpetuate Oklahoma's Dust Bowl image.

The picture above was taken in 1935 and shows a destitute family at a relocation camp in California.

The picture above was taken in 1935 and shows a destitute family at a relocation camp in California.

There were three major dust storms during the Dust Bowl: November 11th, 1933, in South Dakota; May 9th, 1934, along the Great Plains; and the "Black Blizzard" of April 14th, 1935. In the winter of 1935-36, red snow fell on New England.

There were three major dust storms during the Dust Bowl: November 11th, 1933, in South Dakota; May 9th, 1934, along the Great Plains; and the "Black Blizzard" of April 14th, 1935. In the winter of 1935-36, red snow fell on New England.

dustbowl town | The Great Depression was cutting deeply into livelihoods and lives ...

dustbowl town | The Great Depression was cutting deeply into livelihoods and lives ...

Two Colorado girls still able to draw water from a well amidst the storms raging through the Dust Bowl, 1935.

Two Colorado girls still able to draw water from a well amidst the storms raging through the Dust Bowl, 1935.

dust bowl days. The day my dad turned 21 was the day the black cloud of the dust bowl hit the area of Texas he lived in. I can't imagine how this affected him and his family.

dust bowl days. The day my dad turned 21 was the day the black cloud of the dust bowl hit the area of Texas he lived in. I can't imagine how this affected him and his family.

The 1930s during the Dust Bowl. This was taken on my birthday, 5 decades before I was born. Super cool!

The 1930s during the Dust Bowl

The 1930s during the Dust Bowl. This was taken on my birthday, 5 decades before I was born. Super cool!

This map shows the extent of the Dust Bowl over six states, and how severely they were affected by it.

This map shows the extent of the Dust Bowl over six states, and how severely they were affected by it.

Scene from a Kansas farm during the Dust Bowl.  Drifts of sand pile up beside the barns and farmhouse against the barren backdrop of drought-ravaged Kansas in this 1936 photograph

Scene from a Kansas farm during the Dust Bowl. Drifts of sand pile up beside the barns and farmhouse against the barren backdrop of drought-ravaged Kansas in this 1936 photograph

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