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Cloud Precipitation

High rainfall blights birds nesting on the moors of the UK

Female hen harrier
The Moorland Association reports a poor breeding season for moorland birds, including hen harriers, as the exceptionally wet weather has taken its toll.

The higher and wetter North Pennines is the worst affected area, with the number of hen harrier nests on grouse moors expected to be down by as much as two-thirds compared with last year.

Other areas such as the Yorkshire Dales and the moors of the Forest of Bowland, appear to be faring slightly better.

Moorland Association members have still reported hen harrier nests on land managed for grouse shooting despite the difficult conditions. Some estates are reporting multiple nests, as has been the case in the last several years.


Man mauled to death by his own dog in Arkadelphia, Arkansas

A man found dead outside his home early Wednesday morning was the victim of a vicious attack by his own dog, local authorities confirmed.

Following a 911 call from a female at Evergreen Drive at 7:20 a.m. July 3, 2024, the Arkadelphia Police Department, along with ambulance personnel, responded and discovered the body of a 41-year-old deceased male laying in the driveway.

"The deceased victim was determined to have been attacked during the night," APD said in a press release. The canine was identified as a Bully XL, a variant of pit bull bred for a size larger than its well known counterpart.

Police did not release the name of the deceased by Wednesday afternoon. Public real estate records show that the home where police responded belongs to Johnny and Amber Fontenot.

Comment: On the same day: 6-year-old killed, attacked by family dog in Lorain, Ohio

Cloud Precipitation

Manawa dam failure, Little Wolf River area floods in Wisconsin amid heavy summer rain - 5 inches of rainfall in a few hours

Wisconsin dam breach led to evacuation
Wisconsin dam breach led to evacuation
A dam in an eastern Wisconsin community has been breached, prompting people living downriver to be evacuated, the National Weather Service said Friday.

Floodwaters breached the dam in Manawa along the Little Wolf River was breached around 1:45 p.m., meteorologist Scott Cultice said. The town has a population of about 1,200. It was not immediately clear how many people were evacuated.

Manawa Police Chief Jason Severson estimated that a 50-foot-wide (15.2-meter-wide) area around the dam had eroded.

Homes evacuated

Gates on the dam eventually were opened to release water and relieve pressure on the structure, officials said.

"It looks like the dam is intact, but there is quite a bit of erosion on the north side," Severson told reporters Friday afternoon. "We think the worst of it is over, so now we're going to start assessing things and see where we go from here."

Comment: Related: Satellite images reveal devastating flooding following partial failure of Minnesota's Rapidan Dam

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 19 people in 24 hours in Bihar, India

At least 19 people were killed and seven others injured due to lightning strike in India's eastern state of Bihar, state-run broadcaster All India Radio said Saturday, reported Xinhua.

Heavy rains and thunderstorms accompanied by lightning strikes lashed the state during the past 24 hours affecting 10 districts.

Reports said most casualties occurred when lightning struck people working in fields and taking shelter under trees during the rain.

India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for the next 24 hours, predicting heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning in the northern, southeast and south-central parts of Bihar.

Every year with the onset of the monsoon season, hundreds die in lightning incidents in India.

Bernama, Xinhua

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains cause flooding in southern Guatemala

Severe flooding submerged the streets of San Miguel Petapa, located in southern Guatemala, on the night of July 5.

Dramatic video captured residents navigating through waist-deep floodwaters.

Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported.

Authorities are monitoring the situation closely as they work to provide relief and assess the damage.


Italy: Volcano on Sicilian island of Stromboli erupting

New video shows the volcano spewing smoke and ash while lava flows into the Mediterranean Sea.

Comment: Nearby on the main island of Sicily: Mount Etna spits lava into the night sky


Double waterspouts over Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana on July 5

Double water spouts were spotted over Lake Pontchartrain near the Twin Spans between New Orleans and Slidell Friday morning.

Comment: A day earlier: Large waterspout over Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana on the 4th of July


Dog attack turns lethal for homeless man in Fresno, California

dog attack
A reported dog attack caused the death of a man in Fresno Thursday.

At 5 a.m. that day, authorities responded to reports of screams near an orchard at the intersection of North and Peach avenues in Fresno, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputies and emergency medical personnel found an injured homeless man who said he had been attacked by a husky-type dog.

Despite medical intervention and transport to the hospital, the man died due to significant blood loss.

Deputies searched the area but did not find the dog.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office has launched an investigation into the incident and urges anyone with information to contact them at 559-600-3111.

Cloud Precipitation

Hurricane Beryl makes landfall in Mexico

Torn-off branches cover a Tulum street as Hurricane Beryl passes through Mexico, on July 5, 2024.
© Fernando Llano, APTorn-off branches cover a Tulum street as Hurricane Beryl passes through Mexico, on July 5, 2024.
Hurricane Beryl hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Friday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to some popular resort towns.


Tornado kills one, injures 79 in China's Shandong province

A destructive tornado tore its way through Dongming County, situated in China’s eastern province of Shandong, resulting in a tragic loss of life and numerous injuries.
A destructive tornado tore its way through Dongming County, situated in China’s eastern province of Shandong, resulting in a tragic loss of life and numerous injuries.
A tornado swept through China's eastern province of Shandong on Friday, killing one person and injuring scores of others, officials said.

Authorities said 79 people were taken to hospitals with injuries of varying degrees in Dongming county.

The tornado swept through the town, uprooting trees and tearing off store signs, according to videos on state media. Large amounts of debris swirled in the air.