Summer’s over, but drought persists; most of Lower 48 affected

MSNBC: You'd think the end of summer would mean the end -- or at least beginning of the end -- of this year's drought, but the nation's official stat keepers on Thursday revealed otherwise. With the Midwest corn harvest in full swing, the worst U.S. drought in decades actually worsened: 65.45 percent of the lower 48 states was in some form of drought on Tuesday, up from 64.82 percent a week earlier, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The 65.45 percent is a new record in the 12-year index tracked......

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