McCOOK, Nebraska -- "I'm not trying to tell you how to do your job," the Rev. Lance Clay said at the conclusion of Monday night's invocation at the McCook City Council meeting. "But we sure could use some rain."
The pastor of Memorial United Methodist Church didn't get any arguments from the others in attendance.
Monday's high of 109 degrees broke a record 106 set in 2002, and marked the ninth record set this year. It was also the fourth day when the temperature exceeded 100 degrees.
McCook is 5.6 inches below normal precipitation for this date, and city officials, noting an average 4.1 million gallons of water being pumped into the water system each day, asked residents to not water outdoors between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.