Jean Smart Joins ‘Sirens,’ Denis Leary’s New USA Comedy

Best New Drama: “Masters of Sex” “Masters of Sex” premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime. Best New Drama: “Reign” “Reign” premieres Thurs., Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW. Best New Drama: “The Blacklist” “The Blacklist” premieres Mon., Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC. Best New Drama: “Hostages” “Hostages” premieres Mon., Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. Best New Drama: “Sleepy Hollow” “Sleepy Hollow” premieres Mon., Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. Best New Drama: “Almost Human” “Almost Human” premieres Mon., Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.

Drought missouri

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Climate change More than half of USA in a drought Doyle Rice, USA TODAY 6:05 p.m. EDT September 12, 2013 Drought is at its largest percentage since April. Drought-stressed corn grows on a farm near Oregon, Mo., in late August. Drought expanded this week in much of the Midwest, including Missouri. (Photo: Orlin Wagner, AP) 50.7% of the contiguous USA is in a drought More than three-quarters of the western USA in moderate drought or worse In the South, drought expanded or intensified in areas of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi SHARE 12 CONNECT 28 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Drought covers more than half of the country and is at its largest percentage since early April, according to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly federal website. As of Tuesday, 50.7% of the contiguous USA is in a drought. Hot, dry weather over the past week led to worsening drought in the central USA: In the Midwest, where temperatures have been as much as 10 degrees above normal over the past week, drought expanded in parts of Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, according to the monitor. For example, since July 1, La Crosse, Wis., has received only 2.4 inches of rain, the driest July 1-Sept. 10 period on record for that location. The West is also dry: “More than three-quarters of the western United States remains in moderate drought or worse,” says Anthony Artusa, a meteorologist with the Climate Prediction Center and author of this week’s monitor.