Science: Sorcerer's Apprentice?

Last winter almost everybody in New York City was groaning about the water shortage. Last week the groans came from another direction—the counties in New York State in & around the city's reservoir system. Reason: the heaviest rainfall in the last 50 years had all but deluged the Croton watershed, which supplies the city with 30% of its water.

Last year only 1.62 inches of rain were recorded in the Croton watershed for the first half of July. This year, during the first 13 days of July, 5.85 inches of rain fell into Croton's lakes and reservoirs. Croton Lake (capacity: 28 billion...

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