THE BIG PICTURE
Downpour and drought 
An unexpected downpour briefly drenched parts of the US this week, while most of the central and southern United States continued to experience drought conditions - expected to be the most expansive drought in a half century. The visual documentation of the breadth and depth of the current drought conditions has just begun. 
(Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

THE BIG PICTURE

Downpour and drought

An unexpected downpour briefly drenched parts of the US this week, while most of the central and southern United States continued to experience drought conditions - expected to be the most expansive drought in a half century. The visual documentation of the breadth and depth of the current drought conditions has just begun. 

(Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Rescuers free humpback whale off the coast of Chatham 
Rescuers freed a young humpback whale heavily entangled by fishing line about five miles off Chatham early Thursday morning, marine animal rescuers said today.
(Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies)

Rescuers free humpback whale off the coast of Chatham

Rescuers freed a young humpback whale heavily entangled by fishing line about five miles off Chatham early Thursday morning, marine animal rescuers said today.

(Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies)

Foul seaweed invades Mass. shoreline 
From Cape Ann to Cape Cod, beaches have been blanketed in recent weeks with the smelly seaweed that hails from Japan. 
(JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF)

Foul seaweed invades Mass. shoreline

From Cape Ann to Cape Cod, beaches have been blanketed in recent weeks with the smelly seaweed that hails from Japan.

(JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF)

Brookline bear identified as same bear from Cape Cod 
The bear, which was safely removed from Brookline by wildlife officials this morning, first made headlines after a weeks-long romp across the Cape. 
(MICHELE MCDONALD FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Brookline bear identified as same bear from Cape Cod

The bear, which was safely removed from Brookline by wildlife officials this morning, first made headlines after a weeks-long romp across the Cape.

(MICHELE MCDONALD FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Moose Calling Championship in Maine cranks up 
If you haven’t heard a moose call and want to, check out the World Invitational Moose Calling Championship in Rangeley, Maine, June 22-24, hosted by the Rangeley Regions Guides and Sportmen’s Association.

Moose Calling Championship in Maine cranks up

If you haven’t heard a moose call and want to, check out the World Invitational Moose Calling Championship in Rangeley, Maine, June 22-24, hosted by the Rangeley Regions Guides and Sportmen’s Association.

Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary opens Saturday 
In Rowley, officials will celebrate the opening of the new Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary on the marsh, following the $2.37 million purchase late last year of a key 75-acre parcel of marsh and wooded upland.
(MELISSA VOKEY)

Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary opens Saturday

In Rowley, officials will celebrate the opening of the new Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary on the marsh, following the $2.37 million purchase late last year of a key 75-acre parcel of marsh and wooded upland.

(MELISSA VOKEY)

Tomato genome has now been decoded 
NEW YORK - The tomato, whose genome has just been decoded, turns out to be one well-endowed vegetable, possessing 31,760 genes.

Tomato genome has now been decoded

NEW YORK - The tomato, whose genome has just been decoded, turns out to be one well-endowed vegetable, possessing 31,760 genes.

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Rare calico lobster escapes fate as dinner 
- Most lobsters that are sent to Jasper White’s Summer Shack restaurant end up on a plate next to a cup of drawn butter. But on Monday, one special lobster was picked up by scientists from the New England Aquarium, destined for a research and educational center in Rhode Island.
(ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Rare calico lobster escapes fate as dinner

- Most lobsters that are sent to Jasper White’s Summer Shack restaurant end up on a plate next to a cup of drawn butter. But on Monday, one special lobster was picked up by scientists from the New England Aquarium, destined for a research and educational center in Rhode Island.

(ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Classic spring landscapes that await your camera 
- While there are plenty of places close to home that make for great spring photo destinations, New England is full of wild and beautiful locations within half a day’s drive of Boston.
(JERRY MONKMAN/ECOPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

Classic spring landscapes that await your camera

- While there are plenty of places close to home that make for great spring photo destinations, New England is full of wild and beautiful locations within half a day’s drive of Boston.

(JERRY MONKMAN/ECOPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society. ABOVE: File photo of a Ruby-throated hummingbird.
(PHOTO: Roseann Paolini)

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society. ABOVE: File photo of a Ruby-throated hummingbird.

(PHOTO: Roseann Paolini)