THE PEOPLE: Pots, Plots & the Good News of Spring

A capricious spring surprised and bestirred much of the nation last week. While New York City's skyscrapers shimmered in 96° heat, the highest temperature ever recorded there in April, Floridians endured an unseemly chill and tornadoes skipped across Oklahoma and Texas. Heavy rains deluged Texas, Oklahoma and western Kansas—but too late to save the drought-stricken winter wheat crop, whose scraggly remains have been plowed under. Residents of heavily evacuated Minot, N. Dak., breathed easier as their earthen dams continued to hold against the crested Souris River, but 400,000 acres were flooded,...

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