The USDA has declared 597 counties across 14 states natural disaster areas as a result of the ongoing drought.
Even with the decreases, it will be 20-30 years until the fish consumption advisories can be eliminated.
A sprawling storm brought Christmas Day tornadoes to the South and now blizzard conditions to the Ohio Valley.
The existing long-term impacts of the drought will make recovery in the U.S. more difficult.
Navigation has become treacherous as the worst U.S. drought in half a century brings water levels close to record lows.
Here's just a sample of what's out there on the science, property damage & human tragedy surrounding Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy is already causing damaging winds along the East Coast, with record coastal flooding feared.
A storm brought powerful winds to a huge swath of the Plains & Midwest, tossing trucks off highways and sparking fires.