The dust bowl was the name given to the drought stricken southern plains region of the united states which suffered severe dust storms during a dry period in the 1930s as high winds and choking . The dust bowl drought of the 1930s was one of the worst environmental disasters of the twentieth century anywhere in the world three million people left their farms on the great plains during the drought and half a million migrated to other states almost all to the west but the dust bowl drought was not meteorologically extreme by the standards of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries . The dust storms started at about the same time that the great depression really began to grip the country and it continued to sweep across the southern plains western kansas eastern colorado new mexico and the panhandle regions of texas and oklahoma until the late 1930s in some areas the storms didnt relent until 1940. Dust storms were the result of drought and land that had been overused drought first hit the country in 1930 by 1934 it had turned the great plains into a desert that came to be known as the dust bowl in oklahoma the panhandle area was hit hardest by the drought the land of the southern plains including oklahoma was originally covered
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