The Dust Bowl

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The Dust Bowl

U.S. Dust Bowl of 1930

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The Dust Bowl got its name after Black Sunday, April 14, 1935. More and more dust storms had been blowing up in the years leading up to that day. In 1932, 14 dust storms were recorded on the Plains. In 1933, there were 38 storms. By1934, it was estimated that there were 100 million acres of farmland had lost all or most of the topsoil to the winds. By April 1935, there had been weeks of dust storms, but the cloud that appeared on the horizon that Sunday was the worst. Winds were clocked at 60 mph. Then it hit. According to an eyewitness, "The impact was like a shovelful of fine sand flung againt the face."

They lived with the dust, ate it, slept with it, watched it strip them of possessions and hope of possessions.

In the central and northern plains, dust was everywhere


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