The Dust Bowl of The 1930

Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven hungry children. Mother aged thirty-two. Father is a native Californian. Destitute in pea picker's camp, Nipomo, California, because of the failure of the early pea crop. These people had just sold their tent in order to buy food. Of the twenty-five hundred people in this camp most of them were destitute, March 1936. (Dorthea Lange/Library of Congress/LC-USF34-T01-009093)

The 1930s were some of the driest years in American history. Eight long years of drought, preceded by inappropriate cultivation technique, and the financial crises of the Great Depression forced many farmers off the land abandoning their fields throughout the Great Plains that run across the heart of mainland United States. Continue reading

7 Epic Displays of Lightning

1. Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Iceland eyjafjallajokull-volcano-lightning-iceland_26742_990x742

On a Sunday In Iceland, Volcano Eyjafjallajökull burst through her ice caps and provided a light show for villagers down below of burning red magma and crackling white lightning  as clouds of black ash covered the night sky. Photographer Sigurdur Hrafn Stefnisso took the time to snap some photos before getting to safety. But how does this happen? This kind of phenomena happens when a volcanic cloud and its convection current are carried up into higher than normal parts of the atmosphere, creating static with the surface of the planet (hence, the lightning). It’s what scientist call a “Dirty Thunderstorm.” Continue reading