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Season 1 Episode 19

Black Blizzard

Aired Unknown Nov 10, 2008 on The History Channel
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Black Blizzard
On May 9, 1934, a massive storm darkened the skies over the Great Plains. As it marched east, it became a towering wall of soil and dust more than 10,000 feet high, carrying enough debris to fill dump trucks that could circle the planet twice. Watch as this two-hour special tells the fascinating story of one of the greatest environmental disasters in U.S. history, a storm that would have epic consequences for the land, the people and the country as a whole and just one of countless storms that ravaged the American heartland between 1930 and 1940. For the first time on television, scientists and special effects experts re-create these black blizzards,showing in fascinating detail how the storms formed, and how they impacted people's health and homes and the nation's economy and environment. Woven throughout the documentary are evocative stills and archival footage, remarkable first-person accounts from Dust Bowl survivors, CGI depictions of the storms, and commentary from historians, climatologists, doctors, physicists and other experts, some who say a black blizzard could happen again today.moreless

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