The needle on my barometer was slowly turning counterclockwise as Tropical Storm Erika approached the U.S. Southeast. It indicated that the air pressure was dropping while the center of the storm was getting closer.
Between Coalinga and San Lucas, Calif., I'm driving on State Road 198 through a landscape of steep hills and widespread rangeland. Dusty slopes illustrate the epic drought that has been troubling southern California.
It doesn't take a hurricane to produce flash floods in North Georgia. Summer thunderstorms at the beginning of this month prompted warnings in counties reaching from Dekalb to Habersham, and over into Elbert and many other places.