Weather Woes

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A Texas National Guard Uh-60 Black Hawk helicopter drops water to help fight the wildfires affecting the Possum Kingdom Lake area in North Texas. Wildfires are a result of extreme drought conditions. Photo by SSG Malcolm McClendon.

This MODIS image from 2010 shows the Indus River spanning well over 10 kilometers, completely filling the river valley, and spilling over onto nearby land. Floodwaters have created a lake almost as wide as the swollen Indus that inundates Jhatpat. Floods such as these are not uncommon in Pakistan.Extreme drought and extraordinary floods are simultaneously devastating portions of the United States, in a set of weather events that are described by a NOAA official as “extreme and exceptional.” Meanwhile, a major heat wave strikes Pakistan and India.