Reflecting on Dust Storm in the Eastern United States (credit: History.com via This Day in Weather History)
DISCUSSION: As we turn the clocks back to May 11th, 1934, we arrive at the onset of a what eventually would turn out to be a historic dust storm which affected the Plains as the Dust Bowl era was in full swing. According to The New York Times, dust "lodged itself in the eyes and throats of weeping and coughing New Yorkers," and even ships some 300 miles offshore sawdust collect on their decks. There is no question about it that the persistently dry conditions coupled with the prevailing westerly flow across much of the United States at that point in history greatly helped to facilitate the eastward progression of the dust storm which impacted portions of the eastern United States. To learn more about this historic dust storm event, feel free to click on the following link.
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