Residents of Lolita, Texas, are mourning the death of an “ornery ole bastard,” who loved his dog more than his kids and had a passion for scotch. Not our description, but straight from the obituary of Howard “Wayne” Neal, written by his son, Eric Neal.
“Wayne Neal has exited his rickety old body, having lived twice as long as he expected and way longer than he deserved.”
According to his son, Wayne “had a passion for old cars, scotch, his construction company, scotch, travel, and, oh yeah, scotch.” Many friends and family cherished their memories of the departed at “Wayne’s Hurricane Bar,” a bar in his office that was built out of solid concrete to withstand a hurricane. RIP.
Fun stories we’ve stumbled upon while composing this week’s GTN.
Too much rain is hampering harvest in much of the Midwest. Washed-out railroad tracks derailed a train in southwestern Wisconsin, where a mudslide destroyed a house and killed the man inside.
Drought, however, continues to plague the Northeast and the West.
In New England, the drought follows an almost 15-year period of higher-than-normal precipitation.
In Utah, the Great Salt Lake, key to the state's economy and identity, is skirting record low levels after years of below-average precipitation and record heat.
More Broken (Heat) Records
NOAA has reported 16 months of consecutive record-breaking global temperatures and is starting to sound like a broken record itself. The agency reports that August 2016 was the hottest August globally in NOAA’s global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880.