Poor agricultural practices and years of sustained drought caused the Dust Bowl. ... Severe drought hits the midwestern and southern plains. As the crops die, the 'black blizzards" begin. Dust from the over-plowed and over-grazed land begins to blow.
Why the 1930s Dust Bowl Was So Bad. A dust storm in Texas during the 1930s Dust Bowl. ... New computer simulations reveal the whipped-up dust is what made the drought so severe. Scientists have known that poor land use and natural atmospheric conditions led to the rip-roaring dust storms in the Great Plains in the 1930s.May 4, 2008
The primary impact area of the Dust Bowl, as it came to be known, was on the Southern Plains. The Northern Plains weren`t so badly affected, but the drought, dust, and agricultural decline were felt there as well. The agricultural devastation helped to lengthen the Great Depression, whose effects were felt worldwide.