Bad Start

For three years the weather had been bountiful: mild winters kind to the wheat, gentle springs for the fruit trees, heavy rains to soak the land in midsummer, long autumns to get the harvest in. Now farmers, with a prayer on their lips, scanned the skies to see what 1943 had in store.

With every farmer, holding up a moistened finger to the spring winds, were the hopes of the nation. In 1943, year of food shortages, a late freeze would be tragic, a long drought disastrous. The weather, long the biggest news...

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