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DUST STORM (1934)

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Dust storms originated in western states in the 1930s.
DUST STORM (1934). On May 9, 1934, brownish earth from Montana and Wyoming swirling up from the ground was caught by high-level winds and was blown eastward. More dirt was picked up along the way until an estimated 350 million tons was roaring toward the urban settlements in the east.

The storm reach Dubuque and Madison by late in the afternoon and by evening was dumping 12 million tons on Chicago--four inches for each resident. On May 14th ships 300 miles off the coast of the United States reported dust on their decks.

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Huggett, Richard John. Fundamentals of Geomorphology - Page 337 https://www.google.com/search?q=dust+storm+in+dubuque+%281935%29&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#q=dust+storm+in+dubuque+%281935%29&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=El4&tbo=d&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&ei=l6WtUIyuC4SQ9gSB1oDYCg&start=10&sa=N&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=10ba8070072772da&bpcl=38897761&biw=901&bih=401