The Nation: When It Rains...

As spring officially clocked in last week, complaints about the unusual weather were on the rise—and so were water tables across much of the Midwest and Southeast. Floods struck Tennessee and Mississippi and several regions around the Great Lakes. Swelled by abnormal winter rains and lashed by strong winds, the waters of Lake Erie are three inches above the previous record set in the flood-disaster year of 1952. Michigan State authorities have already computed the damage of an imminent deluge: $112 million. It has been so mild in Wisconsin that a recent snowmobile championship race in Eagle Rock had to be...

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