The record breaking, deadly cold snap continued this week, raising the death toll in Romania to 79.  The same system has driven the death toll in Ukraine up to 151, and is causing devastating economic losses in Serbia.

Rain has finally been falling in southern states, While this lifted drought conditions for much of Texas, 20% of the state is still experiencing drought conditions, and the rainfall is still below average.  However, key crop producing states in the southeast are now in drought.  Some southeastern states received a dumping of snow, uncharacteristic of this mild winter in North America.  Power was knocked out to several homes in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee.

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