||Perhaps the most devastating
weather driven event in American history, the
drought of the 1920's and 1930's significantly
impacted Minnesota's economic, social, and
natural landscapes. Abnormally dry and hot
growing season weather throughout the better part
of two decades turned Minnesota farm fields to
dust and small lakes into muddy ponds. The
parched soil was easily taken up by strong winds,
often turning day into night. The drought peaked
with the heat of the summer of 1936, setting many
high temperature records that still stand today.
|A combination of
cut worms and heat destroyed the
corn on this farm, 6 miles east of Appleton.
Courtesy: Minnesota Historical Society