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The Dust Bowl dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas, in 1935 The Dust Bowl, or the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands in the 1930s, particularly in 1934 and 1936. The phenomenon was caused by severe drought coupled with decades of extensive farming without crop rotation, fallow fields, cover crops or other techniques to prevent wind erosion.
Hurricane Damage Photograph by Tyrone Turner Most hurricane casualties come not from wind but from rain, waves, and surge—the vast mound of seawater that is pushed in front of the storm. The surge from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 rose some 28 feet (8.5 meters), wiping out low-lying areas like Dauphin Island, Alabama, shown here.
A microburst is a very localized column of sinking air, producing damaging divergent and straight-line winds at the surface that are similar to, but distinguishable from, tornadoes, which generally have convergent damage. There are two types of microbursts: wet microbursts and dry microbursts. They go through three stages in their life cycle: the downburst, outburst, and cushion stages. The scale and suddenness of a microburst makes it a great danger to aircraft.
South Dakota Tornado Photograph by Carsten Peter, National Geographic A category F3 tornado swirls across a South Dakota prairie. The F (Fujita) scale was used to measure wind speeds based on damage left behind after a tornado, and an F3 tornado had wind speeds between 158 and 206 miles an hour (254 to 332 kilometers an hour).
Tumbleweeds Cover One Midland Home
Tumbleweeds Cover One Texas Home The winds definitely packed a punch on Monday [Feb 25, 2013]. Debris and damage could be seen everywhere. That’s not unusual, but in Midland, [Texas], something happened that had drivers slamming on the breaks and stopping to take pictures. Wicked winds caused chaos throughout the Basin. …But the most fascinating event that spread like wildfire was a picture of tumbleweeds piling up on a Midland home. “My wife sends me a text message with the pic
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August 28, 2011. The day after Hurricane Irene swept through Ocean City, Md., a hotel worker removes chairs that were submerged in the hotel pool to shelter them from the storm’s sustained 40-m.p.h. (65 km/h) winds. The resort town was evacuated, but storm preparations kept flooding and wind damage to a minimum.