During the 1930's, there were many droughts over the Great Plains. The soil turned to dust, and the skies turned black, even during the day. When the winds pick up, and the dust carries across the fields, people have to wear dust masks, and be driven to school in the middle of the day with the headlights on. A large dust storm 300-400 miles in diameter would hold over 100 million tons of dust.
The day the dust was dooming us:
'twas the day before last when the dust rolled in,
it dirtied the windows and wrecked the washbin,
spinning around our little hometown,
after the finish we look around,
not a single green grass is to be found.
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