WATER WORLD

HOW THE WEST WAS BATTERED, NOT TO MENTION FLOODED AND SNOWED IN

The first storm came barreling in off the Pacific in the early hours of Dec. 26, dumping snow by the foot on the mountains of Washington, Oregon and California and paralyzing Seattle, which rarely sees anything but rain. Then a second storm rolled in, and after that a third. By New Year's Day the Northwest and British Columbia had been pounded by a week of unrelentingly foul and often deadly weather.

By the end of last week, rising temperatures had turned the snow to rain, melting what had already fallen and drowning the entire region in a soup of water and...

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