While severe winter weather has caused problems for many in the Great Plains, it has also provided some opportunities for fun. On Monday, Simon Mourning (front) and Chance Cain went sliding in Wichita, Kansas. Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle /MCT /Landov hide caption

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An ambulance is stuck in over a foot of snow off of Highway 33 West, near Belington, W.Va. on Oct. 30. Superstorm Sandy buried parts of West Virginia under more than a foot of snow. Robert Ray/AP hide caption

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From left, Dale McKey, Karin McKey and George Secrist return home from an outing into the snow on Tuesday. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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As Sandy's Snow Buries W.Va. Town, 'Everybody Just Pitches In'

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The Michigan Gala apples on this packing line will soon be in short supply. After a mild fall and winter, then a late-April freeze, Michigan's apple cultivation has dropped 90 percent. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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Shriveled Mich. Apple Harvest Means Fewer Jobs, Tough Year Ahead

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On Monday, a weed was growing through the dry earth at Marion Kujawa's pond, which he normally uses to water the cattle on his farm in Ashley, Ill. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Drought In U.S. Now Worst Since 1956; Food Prices To Spike, Economy To Suffer

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Members of the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department were unable to find fuel at a station in Crawley, W.Va. Elsewhere, people waited in line for hours for the chance to fill up. Alan Greenblatt/NPR hide caption

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The areas inside the red lines are where tornadoes were being reported at 11:36 a.m. ET. National Weather Service hide caption

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