The Weather: May Went That-a-Way

The weather was not just unseasonable—it was downright unreasonable. El Paso had its driest spring in 63 years, while Southern California never had a colder or a wetter April. Snow fell in Reno on the last day of May, and the Indianapolis auto race was delayed by rain for the first time in 52 years. Across the mainland, temperatures ran as much as 9° below normal and, on many days, Fairbanks, Alaska, boasted warmer temperatures than Manhattan. In the nation's rain-soaked capital, the Washington Post complained editorially: "We are growing a little...

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