hardy grasslands that held the fine-grained soil in place in spite of the long recurrent droughts and occasional torrential rains. The dust storms caused extensive damage and turned the day to night; witnesses reported that they could not see five feet in front of them at certain points. Timothy Egan (2006) The Worst Hard Time, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, hardcover. Cronin, Francis D; Beers, Howard W (January 1937).
The Dustbowl of America
tags: John Steinbeck. 1932, the number of dust storms is increasing. Without the indigenous grasses in place, the high winds that occur on the plains picked up the topsoil and created the massive dust storms that marked the Dust Bowl period. In fact the agricultural devastation helped to lengthen the Depression whose effects were felt worldwide. But it felt like one long drought.