The Dust Bowl era caused tremendous losses to farmers in the central US in the 1930s. The reasons for the occurrence of the Dust Bowl are complex, but one of the factors that caused the loss of soil and farms was the method that producers used to farm at the time, which broke up the soil, allowing it to blow away when hot, dry winds moved through the region. The Weather Network has a new podcast that describes the conditions leading to the Dust Bowl and how farmers made it worse by their farming techniques. Fortunately, even if another exceptional drought like that one hits the region, improvements in farming methods are expected to prevent the dust storms from occurring again. You can read about it and find a link to the podcast at