WEATHER: Waterless West

The continued drought brings on new, dry

Welcome rains came to parts of the Midwest and South last week, soaking parched reservoirs, saving some thirsty crops and providing water for swimming pools and lawn sprinklers —but no such fortune befell the West and Southwest. There drought stubbornly persisted like a biblical plague, withering corn and wheat, drying up horse and cattle water holes, kindling brush and forest fires (including some 400 in California), and cutting back on water and energy supplies for about 30 million Americans.

Already the obstinate drought has wrought profound changes in the lives of residents of...

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