As far as drought-stricken states go, Nebraska is at the top, having seen its driest July-to-Sept. period on record.
A wild weather weekend may be in store for much of the Plains and Midwest, as rain comes with threat of tornadoes.
As intense as the wildfires have been this year, they provide just a glimpse of the future of the American West.
Ranchers out West are being forced to move their cattle eastward in order to escape extreme drought conditions.
Research from the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that forests may not return to the Southwest once the wildfires subside.
Fanned by strong winds, two wildfires in New Mexico merged and tripled in size this week in the Gila National Forest.
While two-thirds of the country experienced an unprecedented heatwave, Arizona and New Mexico saw snow.
After recovering last year, the water level of Lake Mead - the country's largest man-made reservoir - is dropping once again.