WEATHER: Wanted: Rain

From the Mississippi River to the Atlantic, a hot sun blazed down last week out of a cloudless sky. Ever since November, rainfall throughout the East had been far below normal. The drought in Kentucky was the worst since 1889, in Tennessee the worst since 1901. Virginia had not been so parched since the great drought of 1930.

As wells ran dry in Indiana and Kentucky, farmers used trucks to haul water for their stock. In New York, garden crops were badly damaged, lack of hay and pasturage threatened a shortage of dairy products. Farmers from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West...