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Unprecedented wildfires ravage Brazil's wetlands

As Jose Cleiton and Brandao Amilton ride their horses into the vastness of the Pantanal grassy wetlands of Brazil, a wall of smoke towers from the horizon far into the sky above.

The worst of the dry season is still far off, but already these Brazilian wetlands are so dry that wildfires are surging.

The number of Pantanal fires so far this year has jumped tenfold from the same period last year according to Brazil's National Institute of Space Research (INPE).

"It's hard to breathe. It's hard for newborn children. The heat gets stronger and stronger," said Amilton, a local fishing guide. "The Pantanal is already hot and it gets hotter, drier, with smoke, the weather gets very bad."

The men guide cattle across the flood plain, hoping for a better chance of survival. "The way the fire is coming, it could surround them and burn them to death," said Cleiton, a farmer.


It is snowing in Slovenia in June

A cold front crossed Slovenia today, which brought lower temperatures, but also, as forecast by meteorologists, June snow in higher areas.

"Winter in the hills hasn't said goodbye yet. It is snowing at the highest meteorological station in Kredarica.

"Snowman was formed from the new wet snow, which will grace the meteorological camera in the next few days," wrote the meteorologists of the Slovenian Environmental Agency of the RS (Arso) on the social network X.

Despite heavy rainfall and a gloomy start to the week, tomorrow, according to the announcements, it will be sunny in this country, with significantly higher temperatures.


Baby 'torn apart' by family dog dies in Brazil

Isis da Silva Sobrinho was attacked by the family dog
Isis da Silva Sobrinho was attacked by the family dog
A five-month-old baby had body parts "torn apart" as she was killed by a family dog while her parents were out shopping.

Isis da Silva Sobrinho was at a house in Cidade Ocidental, south of Brasilia, Brazil, when she was savaged on June 4 and taken to hospital after the mixed-breed pet attacked her, before tragically dying from her injuries. The medics who saw her said she had head injuries and that parts of her body had been "torn apart."

Her parents told the police they had left her at her paternal grandmother's house while they went to the shops to buy lighter fluid for a barbecue. But the baby's grandparents were also out when she was left sleeping on the sofa and the only adult around was her paternal uncle, who was in the garden. He told police he had only noticed his brother leaving the house and he had assumed, therefore, that the five-month-old's mum was still inside.


Anglers discover rare, deep-water oarfish under attack by sharks off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on May 28

Three fishermen in Mexico told of the moment they caught a massive fish known as as the
Three fishermen in Mexico told of the moment they caught a massive fish known as as the "harbinger of doom"
Part of the allure of deep-sea fishing is that you never know what you might encounter at sea.

But one can be reasonably certain that nobody would expect to encounter a 10-foot oarfish under attack by sharks.

The oarfish in question, a serpent-like denizen with crimson fins, was spotted floundering near the surface on May 28 off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Local angler Tony Frasconi and friends, Ken and Gary, were fishing offshore when they saw the oarfish with its tail-fin missing while being circled by sharks.

Pisces Sportfishing Fleet interviewed the anglers after they returned to port.


DeSantis declares state of emergency as more than 25 inches of rain slam South Florida

A person uses a kayak to float through a
© Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesA person uses a kayak to float through a flooded street, June 12, 2024, in Hollywood, Fla.

Over 2 feet of torrential rain is inundating South Florida, flooding neighborhoods, canceling flights, shutting down roads and forcing residents to evacuate their homes.

Rain totals have reached 25 inches in Collier County, 20 inches in North Miami and 19 inches in Hollywood.

Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Broward, Collier, Lee, Miami-Dade and Sarasota counties.

In Broward County, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said high-water vehicles have been deployed throughout the city to respond as needed, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will be sending boats and buggies, but urged people to stay off the roads if possible.

Better Earth

Best of the Web: Earth's inner core has slowed since 2010, new study confirms

earth core slow
© University of Southern CaliforniaThe inner core began to decrease its speed around 2010, moving slower than the Earth’s surface.
University of Southern California scientists have proven that the Earth's inner core is backtracking — slowing down — in relation to the planet's surface, as shown in new research published in Nature.

Movement of the inner core has been debated by the scientific community for two decades, with some research indicating that the inner core rotates faster than the planet's surface. The new USC study provides unambiguous evidence that the inner core began to decrease its speed around 2010, moving slower than the Earth's surface.

"When I first saw the seismograms that hinted at this change, I was stumped," said John Vidale, Dean's Professor of Earth Sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. "But when we found two dozen more observations signaling the same pattern, the result was inescapable. The inner core had slowed down for the first time in many decades. Other scientists have recently argued for similar and different models, but our latest study provides the most convincing resolution."

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Fonna ski resort in Norway sees over 3 feet of fresh summer snow

Not all Norwegian summer ski areas are created equal, and while Fonna near the Hardangerfjord is having a fantastic season with record snowfalls, Stryn Sommer Ski has announced the resort will be closing early. Stryn's last day for the 2024 season will be this Sunday, June 16, as the warm temperatures have melted too much of the resort's snow.
"The last day for the 2024 season will be Sunday 16 June. After a long and gloomy spring, the fresh snow and cold came a bit late. We hope that many will still have the opportunity to take a trip to Stryn. We still have good terrain park offerings and freeride areas in the resort."

— Stryn Facebook

Cloud Precipitation

Severe summer storms leave damage across Minnesota

Deer River Hail compared to a golf ball.
© Jenny HillDeer River Hail compared to a golf ball.
Many Minnesotans will be cleaning up Thursday from a storm system that brought sizable hail, heavy winds and possible tornado touchdowns.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm hits central and northern Bulgaria

A severe hailstorm combined with torrential rain on Wednesday evening flooded streets and homes in central and northern Bulgaria, damaging agricultural crops and snapping trees. Among the most affected were the regions of Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Shumen, Lovech, Yambol and Sliven. The Interior Ministry said that a total of 41 reports of accidents were received at the Fire Safety and Protection units in the affected regions, with no injuries reported.

The hailstorm caused material damage to buildings and cars in Veliko Tarnovo and surrounding settlements. Mayor Daniel Panov reported numerous reports of fallen trees, cars hit by trees and damage to the roof of a school, which caused Thursday to be declared a non-school day at the affected school.

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Sinkhole swallows 2 cars in El Paso, Texas

Sinkhole displaces 20 residents in Central El Paso
Sinkhole displaces 20 residents in Central El Paso
A sinkhole displaced close to 20 residents early Wednesday morning, June 12 in Central El Paso, according to the El Paso Fire Department.

The Fire Department says they responded to a water main break at the 3700 block of Tularosa Avenue at around 11 p.m. Tuesday, June 12.

At around midnight, residents were being evacuated from the area. No injuries have been reported.

Sun Metro is assisting families with transportation. Red Cross also assisted at the scene, according to the Fire Department.

KTSM spoke with a spokesperson with El Paso Water who said the water main break is 24 inches, and the sinkhole has swallowed two cars.