WEATHER: Return of the Dusters

The sky over Chicago turned an eerie shade of yellow-brown one afternoon last week, and a menacing twilight fell over the Loop—powdery topsoil, blown in from the Great Plains, was drifting once more in the upper atmosphere. It was a fearful reminder that the flatlands of the midcontinent, which had a green and healing decade of rain in the 19405, are dry again. This spring dust storms such as have not been seen since the "black blizzards" of the 19303 are blowing in the Southwest, in western Kansas, in areas of Nebraska,...

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