The Drought Ends

You've probably noticed that the great drought of 2007 is over. That's especially obvious to anyone who lives along a stream or creek around the region.

But what's astounding is that after 6 months of intense dryness, it only took 2 months to erase it. We've likely started a new winter-long wet cycle that will lead to more problems.

All aboard. The American Storm Train this winter starts in the Pacific Northwest where mudslides in Washington and Oregon tell the sopping story. This wet season means business.

In America's heartland, back to back crippling ice storms have devastated the Great Plains from Oklahoma to Illinois. Here the beauty of ice laden trees belies the harsh reality that power is still out for tens of thousands.

Even where the ice is melting, the work has just begun to restore normalcy to life in the nation's breadbasket.

Here in Appalachia, the rains have not let up since late October. This week alone from Krauts Creek in Spring Valley, to Route 52 near South Point the story is the same, heavy rains spawning rock slides and high water. So far at least, most of the snow has stayed away.

The drought has ended thanks to La Nina. That refers to the cooler than normal Pacific Ocean waters.

And given how devastating the flooding has already been here in West Virginia and from Olga here in Hispaniola and Puerto Rico this week, perhaps we would trade in more rain for a fresh coat of snow and colder temperatures this weekend. Anything to get our weather back to normal.

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