A Season in Hell

Could the killer flood and record heat wave be harbingers of even more miserable weather to come?

It was an unpopular week for weathermen. In almost every corner of the country last week, the news was bad and the forecast was for more of the same. In the Midwest -- where the swollen Mississippi continued to turn streets into rivers and fields into lakes -- the floodwaters reached record heights and just kept climbing. In the South and the East -- where the temperature hit triple digits in many cities -- weather reporters were reduced to frying eggs on sidewalks and reprinting lame jokes ("How hot was it?" asked the New York Post. "So hot, Grant's Tomb had...

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