Brown lawns crunch underfoot in Jacksonville, Illinois, a sight typical throughout the nation. The National Weather Service reports that over half of the United States currently suffers under draught conditions, devastating crops and causing water restrictions to be implemented in many states. Floods caused by torrential rain have devastated Japan and England, while in the American Midwest Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has advised people to “pray for rain.” All-time heat records have already been set across the country, with no relief in sight. Temperatures in Jacksonville are predicted to remain in the upper 90s, with heat indices of 105 and little chance of rain, through the week.
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