Numbers explain how and why West bakes, burns and dries out


              FILE - In this Sunday, July 4, 2021 file photo, the Los Angeles cityscape is seen behind dry plants in Los Angeles. While droughts are common in California, this year's is much hotter and drier than others. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
            
              FILE - In this June 13, 2021 file photo, people hold hands as they gather at the receding edge of the Great Salt Lake to watch the sunset near Salt Lake City. The lake has been shrinking for years, and a drought gripping the American West could make this year the worst yet. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)