Friday, April 26, 2013

The Midwest Swings from One Extreme to the Other

In Midwest, Drought Gives Way to Flood.  (The New York Times, 4/25/2013)

That was then.

This is now.

Excerpt: It seemed a sudden, dizzying reversal for a region that had since last summer been contending with a drought that left water supplies in doubt, farm fields shriveled and water levels along the Mississippi River so low as to threaten, at times, to close down commercial traffic. By Thursday, because of high waters — and more than 100 barges that broke loose from their moorings near St. Louis over the weekend — portions of the river were, in effect, closed.

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