While it may not feel like we are living in a dust bowl, the drought does affect all of us, primarily in the pocket book.
Reduced crop harvests means higher prices for food items of all kind.
Dry land farming on the Great Plains led to the systematic destruction of the prairie grasses.
In the ranching regions, overgrazing also destroyed large areas of grassland.
The percentage of people migrating into the Dust Bowl between the 1920s was approximately 47.3%.
During the 1930s, this figure dropped to about 15.5%.
Once a semi-arid grassland, the treeless plains became home to thousands of settlers when, in 1862, Congress passed the Homestead Act.
Most of the settlers farmed their land or grazed cattle.
In comparison, the number of people migrating out the Dust Bowl was approximately 38.4% between 19, this increased to 45.6% between 19.
Researchers also suggest that the so-called “Dust Bowl migrants,” who faced the resentment that we often see towards newcomers, were not more likely to move to California than migrants from any other part of the country.