A dock extends into a dry cove at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, Ind., in July, vivid evidence of the drought affecting the middle of the United States. After a hot, dry summer, hopes for a wet winter haven’t materialized, and farmers and water utilities are fearful of the consequences. “It would take a record-breaking snowfall for the season to get us back on track,” says National Weather Service hydrologist David Pearson. (Associated Press)