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Anniversary of Black Sunday (Dustbowl)

April 14th is the 88 year anniversary of the ”Black Sunday” dust storm that occurred across the Central Plains in 1935.

Why was April 14 1935 called Black Sunday?  The day is known in history as “Black Sunday,” when a mountain of blackness swept across the High Plains and instantly turned a warm, sunny afternoon into a horrible blackness that was darker than the darkest night.


Why was the Dust Bowl so devastating?

Many crops were damaged by deficient rainfall, high temperatures, and high winds, as well as insect infestations and dust storms that accompanied these conditions.


How did we end the Dust Bowl?

Crop Subsidies Reward Farmers Who Rip Them Out. During the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, the federal government planted 220 million trees to stop the blowing soil that devastated the Great Plains.


Could a Dust Bowl happen again?

The Return of the Dust Bowl
until 2021, when average temperatures reached 74 F (23.3 C). The third hottest summer on record was in 2022. Scientific studies predict dustbowl level temperatures are now two and a half times more likely to happen thanks to climate change.

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