The Great Dust Bowl

A dust storm approaches Elkhart, Kansas, in May 1937

A dust storm approaches Elkhart, Kansas, in May 1937

The Great Dust Bowl of the 1930s, exacerbating the pain and suffering of the Great Depression and seared into the consciousness of America by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and a host of iconic photographs, has long challenged climatologists to account for its intensity and persistence. Now a new study encapsulated in this brief report on “Predicting Droughts With Greater Certainty” in Science Daily adds to our understanding of the causes and conditions of the Great Dust Bowl. It also exposes new avenues for enhancing current climate models by adding depth to the data which grounds their validity.

For more images of Dust Bowl Kansas and neighboring states, visit Kansas State University’s multimedia The Dust Bowl

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