Nation: Bad Weather, with Dividends

Snow, gales and goodbye drought

The water was heated to a soothing 80°, so the pool was full of happy swimmers. But not so happy was Lifeguard Steve Tourville. Watching over his charges, he sat in his chair wearing a suit of thermal underwear and three sweaters. Is this a Colorado ski resort scene? No, just an unusual 36° day at Walt Disney World in Florida. Across a broad sweep of the country last week, winter howled in with bone-numbing force. In the nation's capital, temperatures dropped 20°, to near zero, during a one-hour period.

Wind-chill factors turned scores of cities into veritable...

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