A massive cloud of dust swirls across the prairie. Visibility is near zero as local residents hear sand and dust pounding against their windows. Powerful 60 mph winds strip farmland of precious top soil, further challenging farmers who are already dealing with extreme drought.
It sounds like a scene straight from The Dust Bowl of the 1930s except this happened last year. On March 18, two massive dust storms swept across the High Plains. High winds created one dust storm in Colorado stretching into Kansas and the Oklahoma Panhandle, while another formed in the Texas Panhandle. The storms were so monstrous that they could be seen from space by NASA satellites.