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Drought conditions in Colorado create plague of tumbleweeds clogging roads and waterways

The infrastructure of drought-stricken Colorado is being increasingly, and dangerously, clogged by that iconic image of the American West — the drifting tumbleweed. Tumbleweeds are created when the above-ground parts of plants detach from the root and are whipped away the wind. The effect of tumbleweeds on the local environment…

Southern states break U.S. heat record

WASHINGTON — The southern United States in July endured the hottest single month ever recorded in any climate region nationwide, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. The federal body’s southern region — Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas — saw average temperatures of 86.1 degrees Fahrenheit (30…