NBC's pick to lead off its newscast was more weather porn. George Lewis started with fire--the blazing forests in the coastal California mountains above Big Sur--and Kerry Sanders followed up with water, the continuing floods along the Mississippi River. In Winfield Mo, "public works officials theorized a muskrat dug a hole that undermined this entire levee." CBS too assigned a correspondent to survey the California scenery: "It is burning so heavily here now in Big Sur that what is usually a clear view down 60 miles of spectacular coastline just disappears into the smoke," complained John Blackstone.
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