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Americans play in flooded Natal

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Before the Americans dive into World Cup play, they've had to dodge a deluge before their own gauntlet.  More than a foot of rain fell on Natal, the city in northern Brazil.  The Associated Press reported flooded streets, dozens of damaged buildings and even a landslide.  
Many of us think about Brazil's Amazon Rain Forest but this coastal city has a different climate.  True, winter starts Saturday but Natal is more sub-tropical.

My Portuguese isn't the greatest, but after doing the math on the national website, I found that local rain gauges picked up more than fourteen inches of rain since last Thursday.  That's nearly double the average amount for all of June.

Rain is in tonight's forecast but weather technology is rare.  Most of Brazil's few modern radars are down south, near the big cities like Rio and Sao Paulo.

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